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Calendar, Night&Day The Art Is Deceitful Above All Things

The Art Is Deceitful Above All Things

While it was overshadowed on a national level by the concurrent Oprah Winfrey/James Frey literary scandal, the 2005 revelation that author J.T. LeRoy was a wholly fictitious creation of a writer named Laura Albert hit San Francisco like a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mea Culpas Are for Suckers

Mea Culpas Are for Suckers

The question of whether James Frey received redemption could not be answered by press time, for Frey's new publisher, HarperCollins, did not send us his first novel, Bright Shiny Morning. HarperCollins did send a few people the book (but not…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Burroughs Adding Machine

The Burroughs Adding Machine

Augusten Burroughs has a pair. After years of dancing on the line between memoir and fiction, with all the crazy people in his past coming out of the woodwork to level charges (some in a court of law), he releases…
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Film, BookScam


Lest we imagine that the publishing industry went to hell only after James Frey and J.T. Leroy clambered on board, here comes Lasse Hallström to remind us of a literary dustup emblematic of a much earlier nadir for American mendacity.…
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Film, Confessions of a Horndog

Confessions of a Horndog

Most memoirs, like off-brand hot dogs, should come with labels that list their suspect ingredients. Outrage over James Frey aside, does anyone still believe that a person's reconstructed narrative of his or her life won't mix some snouts or tails…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Anarchism for Dummies

Anarchism for Dummies

WED 6/29 Calling all lapsed anarchists! If you were one of those dorm-room anarchists with dirt under your fingernails and the answers to everything, you're already familiar with Noam Chomsky. But maybe something happened in the years post-college -- did…
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