I was just about to link that, I think she sums it up better than anyone else to be honest.
Dorland seems lonely and like she doesn’t have much in her life that makes her feel happy or proud. I was surprised when the original article made mention of her husband.
It is utterly weird in my view to want people around you to shower you in glory for an act that was supposedly benevolent. It seems fairly self-evident to me that her purpose in donating the kidney was, in part at least, about wanting to be able to talk about it and receive praise from other people. Emailing specific people to ask why they haven’t told you how kind and wonderful you are is absurd and I think doing so does invite ridicule.
The Chunky Monkey group said things that weren’t very nice but they did so in a private group chat, not a public town hall meeting. People are allowed to dislike other people and talk about it. As someone who has been on the outside of many ‘in’ groups in my time, it sucks but you move on and find better and nicer friends.
I feel like the real issue is that Dorland may not be as talented a writer as she would like to be and Larson wrote a story that was better than anything that she could have produced about a topic that she had imagined would be her pet topic, skewering her perception of her own motivations in the process.
The plagiarism thing seems a bit weak to me, I agree that it seems more like copying an inscription off a gravestone or a shopping list than taking someone else’s idea and pretending it’s yours. If the letter had come from something she brought to a writing class then sure, but she posted it in all sincerity on Facebook. It seems more like found art to me.