I did do crack, I did!

January 13th, 2006 by Sommer

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey has been one of those books, much like Sedaris’ nonfiction, that the whole world seems to read or talk about at the same time. Every time a book like this comes out, I am suspicious. As my high school Spanish teacher used to say, “There’s a cat in the closet.”

Low and behold, my gut was right this time. Smoking Gun had revealed Frey fudged a lot of his content. And now there is all this talk over whether it matters that he mislead the reader or not. I can hear the excitement from MFA creative writing workshops everywhere as they return to that old discussion of what is truth in nonfiction and if we can ever really trust memory. I sound facetious, but it is a fascinating discussion that makes me think everything should just be called make believe.

To me, the debate over Frey’s deception is a sunk cost. People have already enjoyed the book. SUCKAS. And actually readers should be thankful. They got a good read and a scandal all for $14.95.

As for the question of what to call Frey’s book, fiction or quasi-nonfiction, or the new nonfiction, or the anti-nonfiction fiction, I vote we create a new genre of literature and art called “Blair Witch.” It gives the illusion of real events occurring so that people get all excited and freaked, but it really is just a regular, old made-up story.

The University Diary site recaps the Larry King show in which Oprah calls in (she is referred to as “God herself descending.” So great. Equally funny is Tim Carvell’s spoof on it in the NYT.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dru  |  January 13th, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Speaking of Oprah. :D

  • 2. nik  |  January 13th, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    I was wondering if there would be any grounds for a class action law suit. Corporations are liable when they lie to customers. Netflix, Blockbuster, and I think Sony all had to pay customers back last year for lies. Granted each person would probably only get a check for $0.63. It’d be cool though. He’d be be like Steven Martin in the Jerk, signing millions of checks for less than a dollar, for the damages done by the Opti-Grab.

  • 3. dru  |  January 14th, 2006 at 2:10 pm

    I was just talking to my friend about Opti-grab like 40 mintues ago. Strange.

  • 4. nik  |  January 15th, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    Great minds think alike.

  • 5. A fan  |  January 17th, 2006 at 11:45 am

    Some things are perfect in themselves. This is one of them:

    I vote we create a new genre of literature and art called “Blair Witch.” It gives the illusion of real events occurring so that people get all excited and freaked, but it really is just a regular, old made-up story.
    I love it!

  • 6. dru  |  January 19th, 2006 at 9:09 am

    I heard somewhere that amazon.com just changed the subject of this book from ‘non-fiction’ to ‘memoir’ which I guess is the new “quasi-non-fiction.”

  • 7. Sommer  |  January 19th, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    I guess it is suitable to call it memoir. We all construct identities from a hodge podge of images in our heads.

    How new-agey! I am so one of those workshop participants I was talking about:)

  • 8. dru  |  January 26th, 2006 at 2:44 pm

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11030647/

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