“Half a truth is often a great lie.” – Benjamin Franklin
Bullpen day two, so far so good.
According to the AP all future editions of Jame Frey’s Million Little Pieces will have author’s disclaimers attached to them. I have these nightmares about a future where used bookshops are hip deep in trade paperback editions of unreadable books. My favorite part about the Smoking Gun expose was the part where the lawyers threatened to sue, based on the fact that Smoking Gun would be depriving Frey of the millions of dollars in movie rights.
Frey isn’t the first guy to play fast and loose with his own life story, it’s been a popular author past time for practically forever. Charles Bukowski made a damn fine life of it, but at least he had the good sense to call it fiction. These spring to mind: Jerzy Kosinski The Painted Bird, Dave Pelzer Child Called it, Augustine Burroughs Running with Scissors, Binjamin Wilkomirski Fragments. Even literary logrolling is worth publishing The Wilkomirski Affair : A Study in Biographical Truth. I suspect momentarily we will be seeing “the James Frey Affair : or how i want to jumpstart my own literary career by trashing this guy.”
I wonder if anyone ever put Ben Franklin’s autobiography under the microscope?