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Fri, July 23rd, 2010
Weeklings: Tess Gerritsen, Orlando Figes, Patrick Bateman, Shirley Jackson, and Nancy Pearl
Posted by: Keir Graff

On Murderati, Tess Gerritsen asks, “Why the hell won’t they review my book?!!!” and pretty much answers her own question. My visit to the Inquirer was a sobering look at how tough newspapers have it these days, trying to keep up with all they have to cover.  Every author wants attention, but one look at […]


Fri, June 4th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Clifford Irving’s Hoax is the Real Thing
Posted by: David Pitt

I know it came out four years ago, but I just recently watched The Hoax, Lasse Hallstrom’s film version of Clifford Irving’s 1981 account of his infamous faking of Howard Hughes’ autobiography. Well, the movie is wonderful. Richard Gere absolutely nails his performance as Irving, playing him as a creative and talented writer whose defective […]


Fri, February 26th, 2010
Weeklings: Toyota, James Frey, Charles Bukowski, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Posted by: Keir Graff

Charles Pellegrino’s The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back, a grim reexamination of the first wartime use of the atomic bomb, relies extensively on first-person accounts. Unfortunately, according to the New York Times (“Doubts Raised on Book’s Tale of Atom Bomb,” by William J. Broad), one section of the book relies on the […]


Fri, February 13th, 2009
Quickly: Banning Books, Speaking Freely, Faking Memoirs, Stealing Books, Feeling Sorry
Posted by: Keir Graff

And what a week it was. All right, fine: weeks. A few miscellaneous links I can’t delete without sharing . . . . The editorial board of the New York Times makes a good point (“Banning Books in Miami“): The Miami-Dade School Board’s decision is not only unconstitutional, it is counterproductive. If the board wants […]


Thu, January 29th, 2009
There Is Also a Good Deal of Fiction in His Fiction
Posted by: Keir Graff

As Larry Rohrter reports in the New York Times, “A Chilean Writer’s Fictions Might Include His Own Colorful Past“: At the same time, some of Mr. Bolaño’s friends in Mexico, where he lived for nearly a decade before finally settling down near Barcelona, Spain, are questioning another aspect of the life story he constructed for […]


Wed, January 28th, 2009
Personally, I’m Publishing My Memoir as a Screenplay of a Novel
Posted by: Keir Graff

Your Herman Rosenblat update, courtesy of Arts Beat: An independent publisher said it had completed an agreement to publish a novel tentatively titled “The Apple,” based on a movie screenplay that was, in turn, adapted from Herman Rosenblat’s falsified Holocaust memoir, “Angel at the Fence.” Got that? Personally, I’m waiting for the video game, which […]


Tue, January 13th, 2009
Quickly: Penguin Memoir, Obama Bucks, Abusive Blurbs, All Work and No Play
Posted by: Keir Graff

Tom Tomorrow tackles the memory crisis (“This Modern World,” Salon). A bunch of publishing types speculate on how much money Barack Obama will earn for his memoirs (“How Much Will Obama Get for His Memoirs?” New York). Funny, funny, funny: Larry Kirshbaum, agent and former CEO, Time Warner Books: “With Dow 9,000 as a base, […]


Thu, January 8th, 2009
The Old I-Liked-It-So-Much-I-Thought-I-Wrote-It-Myself Defense, Eh?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Oh, for Christmas’ Sake! More false memory: best-selling author Neale Donald Walsch (Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge) has admitted that he is not the author of a heartwarming Christmas story he posted on Beliefnet.com (“Christmas Essay Was Not His, Author Admits,” by Motoko Rich, New York Times). The real author is Candy Chand, who first published […]


Thu, January 8th, 2009
Feel-Good Story Feels Bad
Posted by: Keir Graff

More catching up. The feel-bad publishing story of the season (or feel-good, if you are prone to schadenfreude) concerns another case of false memoir. Berkeley Books no longer plans to publish Herman Rosenblat’s memoir, Angel at the Fence. Rosenblat now admits that he did not meet his wife, Roma (nee Radzicky) at Buchenwald, but rather […]


Tue, December 16th, 2008
The Statistics about Lying Do Not Lie
Posted by: Keir Graff

This just in: men and women lie about they read. (Men, naturally, are twice as likely to do so.) But there’s a perfectly good reason for it: reading the right stuff helps you succeed with the opposite sex. (Which is why men . . . never mind.) A survey conducted by England’s National Year of Reading […]





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