Okay, I was wrong. The James Frey story still has legs…apparently very long ones. Oprah, who had publicly maintained her support for Frey, hosted the memoirist cum novelist on her show today along with publisher Nan Talese. I haven’t seen the episode, but reports are the Ms. O was quite […]
Month: January 2006
Too Much Rum?
Today, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld asserted that — contrary to reports — the U.S. Military is not overextended. He later went on to declare that the earth revolves around the sun and the gravity is a myth…contrary to reports.
Love Monkey Smells Funky
Gawker correspondent Noelle Hancock wrote a helluva piece on crashing the premiere party for the new show, Love Monkey. Anyone who openly discourses on flatulence is good in my book. And her use of the royal “we” in so doing is perfect. An excerpt: About halfway into the screening…there’s no […]
Out of the Freying Pan…Into the Fire
The James Frey fiasco is slowly winding down, but not before one significant development and the publication of a few interesting articles. The development: As I predicted — rather wryly, I might add — James Frey is looking at a class action lawsuit. The articles (and some quick commentary): Seth […]
The Money Back Guarantee on Truth
Random House made a savvy move today, offering readers who purchased the book directly a refund on A Million Little Pieces. The publisher takes the high road without actually having to worry about paying back too many people. After all, how many times have bought a book directly from the […]
What are the odds of two literary frauds being exposed in one day? Not good. From this day forward, I think the public will read tales of drug-addled, debauched youth with a raised eyebrow. That’s bad news for all of you drug-addled, debauched kids who dream of memoir-driver literary stardom. […]
The year following my last at summer camp, James Frey became a counselor. Although I had friends who continued to attend the camp, I wasn’t aware of this until years later. Why would I be? New counselors came and went…business as usual. In fact, it wasn’t until just before the […]
What ever happened to Jennifer?
In 1984, the movie Splash turned Madison into a first name for girls. In the years that followed, Madison became increasingly popular, becoming the top name for newborns one year. In 2005, the name fell to third as Emma and Emily checked in at first and second respectively. What’s interesting […]
The Ice Ceiling
The USA Women’s hockey team is world’s best in its category. No matter how skilled they are, how diligently they work, or how cohesive a team they might be, they can’t compete on the same level as men. The other day, a high school boys’ hockey team from Warroad, Minnesota […]