Left Eye on Books

Monday, January 23, 2006

Just a note about James Frey, who's a little off-topic for my purposes. Fraudsters, whether writing about recovery or weapons of mass destruction, are usually easy to detect by people with some real knowledge of the topic. The bigger scandal is always why nobody bothers to consult them before the story blows up in everyone's faces.


  • The only really dramatic and beautifully written story I can think of in which the truth wasn't stretched a little bit -- to my knowledge -- is James Fenton's "The Fall of Saigon." James Frey seems to have stretched the truth more than most, however. If you can get past his "I'm so bad I'm good" schtick in the first place.

    By Blogger scotchbrite, at 1:10 PM  

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