A million little lies

It's been a banner week for literary fraud. How often is one acclaimed author exposed? Two? Well...

No sense in reinventing the wheel if the inventor's on the same website. Go [HERE] for Jan's coverage of the outing of the darling of the literary world (and the Oprah Book Club) as a fraud.

The Smoking Gun investigates James Frey's best-seller A Million Little Pieces and the results are not pretty.

I'd just add this one little bit to all the hoopla: yes, he ought to have kept his mouth shut about the veracity of his book but anyone who reads a memoir and believes a word of it gets what he or she deserves. Memoirs, folks, are lies. Most just have the good sense to be more ambiguous about their claims.

In fact, another literary darling is moments away from being exposed. JT Leroy, author of Sarah, a couple of other acclaimed books (one of which is being turned into a movie) and one article for the New York Times Magazine (another article was killed), has been under intense scrutiny since a New York magazine article a few months back theorized that he wasn't, well, him.

It's an odd story with the latest wrinkle being that his public person has been exposed as the half-sister of the person accused of being behind the hoax. I smell a mini-series.

And again: I don't really care all that much. Books are books. Unless you're reading a history book or something that purports to be a document, whether the author is who they say they are or whether the events occurred, I don't much care. But I do loves me a good hoax. (The Mix)

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