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Archive for the 'Lies' Category

Tue, February 5th, 2008
The Name Was Plagiarized, Anyway
Posted by: Keir Graff

A great detective story, starring journalist and author Robert Fisk. From The Independent (“The curious case of the forged biography,” by Robert Fisk): Needless to say, I noticed one or two problems with this book. It took a very lenient view of the brutality of Saddam, it didn’t seem to care much about the gassed […]

Tue, November 20th, 2007
Bet We’ll Be Hearing More about This
Posted by: Keir Graff

A compelling excerpt from an unpublished book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and What’s Wrong with Washington, by Scott McClellan (PublicAffairs): The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in […]

Wed, September 19th, 2007
Frey’s Agent Enters the Fray
Posted by: Keir Graff

In the New York Observer (“Reconstructing Frey“), Leon Neyfakh examines James Frey’s new book deal in the context of his agent’s efforts to make the name “James Frey” fall more trippingly from our lips. Thus Mr. Simonoff and HarperCollins took the first step in what will likely be a long, painstaking campaign to rehabilitate the […]

Thu, September 13th, 2007
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the New York Times (“Book Deal for Writer Who Fabricated Parts of Memoir,” by Motoko Rich): James Frey, the author who admitted making up portions of his best-selling memoir "A Million Little Pieces," has signed a new book deal for his novel "Bright Shiny Morning," with HarperCollins. The dollar figure was not disclosed. So […]

Thu, August 30th, 2007
Powerful Vindication, Sort Of
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Turcotte family has settled their lawsuit against Augusten Burroughs and St. Martin’s, reports the Boston Globe (“Family settles with ‘Running with Scissors’ author, publisher,” by Rodrique Ngowi): Burroughs and his publisher, St. Martin’s Press, agree to call the work a “book” instead of “memoirs,” in the author’s note and to change the acknowledgments page in […]

Fri, August 24th, 2007
One Step ahead of the Po-Po
Posted by: Keir Graff

But I’ve never said I wouldn’t link to/write about Laura Albert. She (and her alter ego, JT Leroy) is, after all, my O.J. Caught the New York Times’ latest (“Her Journey, All True,” by Alan Feuer) first on Galleycat, who calls Feuer Albert’s “enabler.” Honestly, her life feels like a reality show that I need to […]

Fri, August 24th, 2007
B&N Sells O.J.
Posted by: Keir Graff

I did say I wouldn’t write about O.J. any more. But I plan to continue writing about lying. How to resolve this? He’s got a point.

Tue, August 21st, 2007
Keeping the Name “James Frey” Alive Just a Little Bit Longer
Posted by: Keir Graff

Alert readers will spot a theme to today’s posts. In this one, self-published author (and director of Provincetown, MA’s tourism office) Bill Schneider learns a hard truth about lying: if you must lie, don’t make it a lie that anyone can fact-check with a quick visit to From the Weekly Dig (“It’s Story Time,” by Thomas […]

Tue, August 21st, 2007
J. K. Rowling and the Book She Isn’t Writing
Posted by: Keir Graff

J. K. Rowling is not writing a crime novel. This isn’t a hoax, or even a prank, but simply a joke retold out of context. The culprit? Ian Rankin, sort of. From the Guardian (“Rowling’s ‘crime novel’ is a red herring,” by Richard Lea): Speculation that the Edinburgh book festival may have resolved one of the burning questions […]

Tue, August 21st, 2007
Now that’s my kind of literary hoax!
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Washington Post (“Poe Fan Takes Credit for Grave Legend,” by Wiley Hall): BALTIMORE — The legend was almost too good to be true. For decades, a mysterious figure dressed in black, his features cloaked by a wide-brimmed hat and scarf, crept into a churchyard to lay three roses and a bottle of cognac at […]

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