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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Not seeing the forest for the Frey?

So call me crazy, but I have to wonder, really, why the world seems to be folding in on itself over the fact that some writer, in a drive to get published—we’re all familiar with that—is the media and greater community’s punching bag, just because he fabricated a memoir.

Okay, okay, I know I’m gonna get the electronic shit kicked out of me for this, but considering the fact that there are so many people out there in the public eye who fabricate on a daily basis, with consequences far more dire than giving Queen Oprah a black eye for not seeing this one coming, my question is:

Who fucking cares?!!?

Can somebody help me out here? Because my current (and first, let’s be honest here) book is a bit memoir mixed with some fabrication, fudging of the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth, and some existential drama tossed in for emphasis. Basically, my life sorta’ but not really.

If I get the fucker published, and it comes out as a memoir, am I going to have to give back all the body-waxed male hookers, blow and really goddamn good wine I know I’m going to buy from the first wave of riches? I’d like to know now, not because I’m going to not do all the aforementioned things, I’ll just be sure to a.) make sure I have a really good time doing it and b.) avoid Oprah. (Which saddens me as, I’ve posted before, her couch is a bit like pop-literary Mecca for me…)


Blogger Justin Park said...

I'd just like to admit, with shame in my heart, that I saw the tail end of the Admonishment episode in which Oprah brought him back on for scolding. There was a nice wrap up moment where Frey said he felt that he at least learned his lesson and he and Oprah were about to hug and make out.
Lesson for Erica: You can fudge it as long as you apologize later and say that addiction made you fabricate.
Real advice? I could've sworn that memoirs are given a lot of creative license. I'm not sure if Frey's fudges were especially out there or something.

12:24 PM

Blogger Justin Park said...

Worth a read on this very topic:


12:08 PM

Blogger Mags said...

To be honest, I haven't been following this story at all, only to know that Frey fabricated part of his memoirs.

Um, whatever. I think it's all because Oprah feels like a sucker. And so does everyone for believing it.

Really, what's the harm? Reading is a source of entertainment. Enjoyed Frey's novel? Good. Mission Accomplished.

It's not like Frey works for the New York Times or anything.


2:23 PM


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