Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW 2011 The CW Network Photo: Nate and Ivy/Charlie Talk to Diana Payne in Gossip Girl Season 5, Episode 6: “I Am Number Nine”

Do certain name-drops or pop culture reference on Gossip Girl ever leave you scratching your head in confusion? Hey, don’t fret! We can’t all know everything about this great big world around us. Here are a few names and references from Gossip Girl Season 5, Episode 6: “I Am Number Nine” you might be wondering about!

Keith Gessen/n+1

We laughed aloud when we saw the shiny, roomy offices where Nate came to drop off Keith Gessen's invite at the n + 1 offices. n + 1 is a real magazine, but it's a pretty tweedy, earnest one – sort of the literary equivalent of Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley). We've never been to their actual offices, but we're willing to bet they look a lot more like the kind of glorified closet where a grad student might have their office hours.

That really was n + 1 co-editor Keith Gessen in the photo, though – as you probably guessed from the fact that he's about 2 feet shorter than Diana.

Aaron Sorkin

Who's that never-seen writer who almost adapted Dan's book? Why, it's Aaron Sorkin, who we strongly suspect would not be caught dead doing any such thing.

The celebrated screenwriter is indeed responsible for The Social Network, as well as The West Wing, Moneyball, and A Few Good Men. He writes about a lot of stuff, but if there's one thing that unifies his scripts, it’s the characters' passion for their life's work – be that government, military law, or managing the Oakland A's.

The problem here? No one on Gossip Girl works. In real life, Aaron Sorkin would not even give them the time of day. Yes, even Dan.

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