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Friday, May 12, 2006 10:39 pm
I’m Shocked, Shocked
Posted by: Keir Graff

James Frey has, of course, already confessed that he didn’t really serve that three-month stint in the pokey that he wrote about in A Million Little Pieces. Given that My Friend Leonard starts with Frey in stir, his latest admission is a bit anticlimactic.

I wonder if Kaavya Viswanathan will now confess that she was planning to plagiarize something in her now-canceled second book?

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3 Responses to “I’m Shocked, Shocked”
  1. Likely Stories » Blog Archive » A New Twist on the Fictionalized Memoir Says:

    [...] Whereas there is a growing number of memoirists whose work, purported to be true, has been proven to be false, O. J. Simpson is, apparently, going to give this trend a twist: he’s going to publish a memoir he insists is false, but which most people will insist is the truth. (There’s another take, with a few more details–but not the purported publisher’s name–here.) [...]

  2. Likely Stories » Blog Archive » Bissinger vs. Burroughs Says:

    [...] Ah, memories. Remember when James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard) was carried through the streets of New York on the shoulders of an adoring crowd, then crowned King of the Memoir by a teary Patricia Hampl (I Could Tell You Stories)–only to be later chased to the docks, dodging a bombardment of soggy vegetables, by a reading public outraged at being duped yet again? [...]

  3. Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online » 2008 » March » 03 Says:

    [...] Is it more depressing when fake memoirs deal with the heavy subjects than trivial matters? Certainly. Though there are exceptions, most people aren’t as angry at an author when they learn his wacky family wasn’t quite as wacky as depicted as they are when they learn that his empathy-earning tale of woe was manufactured. [...]


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