Patuey

January 26th, 2006 by Sommer

Not to keep harping on this, but I’m just so disappointed with Oprah I could spit. I thought she really got it when she made that call to Larry King to say that Frey’s book still resonated with her despite the fact that the facts weren’t really facts. It was like watching a vegetarian who continues to devour a casserole after finding out it is hamburger helper. She didn’t care what it was made of; she liked it. But then she went and took it back: “I made a mistake and I left the impression that the truth does not matter and I am deeply sorry about that. That is not what I believe.” The truth doesn’t matter in a lot of facets in America, especially the biz she is in. Having her own magazine, she has to know the importance placed on airbrushing. It’s like saying, “Oh, you actually have blotchy skin? I feel duped.”

Sitting next to Oprah, Frey admitted that his girlfriend killed herself by slitting her wrists not by hanging herself. And although I do wonder how he judges which manner of offing yourself is most marketable, I have to say sheesh..it’s suicide. Either way, it is a horrible thing that happened.

The book is still what it always was, good writing. If you can capture jail time in a way that impacts people without having to actually spend 87 days there, I say you saved the tax payers money and you go, boy.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sommer  |  January 27th, 2006 at 9:14 am

    In the spirit of Oprah, an addendum: in saying “you go, boy” I did not mean to imply that writing does not require a level of integrity. Ethos is a crucial leg of communication. Readers need to trust the author–not in the sense of allowing them to baby sit their children–but in the sense that they feel in capable hands. I must admit that his having to lie about incidents in the book betrays certain insecurities about his skills.

  • 2. Sommer  |  February 3rd, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    http://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/article.jsp?content=20060206_120974_120974

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