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Friday
Jan132006

James Frey's career––now in rehab.

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James Frey (r) and his agent humbly accept their awards from Oprah's Book Club
Okay, everyone's poking sharp sticks into the belly of James Frey, and his hard-hitting memoir, A Million Little Pieces, which now appears to be a hard-hitting piece of fiction. Or as Frey sort of puts it, "100% factual, except for the parts I made up, and if you don't like it I'm going to take my millions and sue you." Fair enough.

But this got me thinking. Does anyone else remember Fargo? The Oscar-winning movie that opened with "This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred." And was any of it true? Heck no. Did anyone care? Not really. A few fans and critics saw through the ruse, and when the Cohen Brothers were asked about it they wryly said "the events took place but all the people are made up." Good enough for me.

Can we ever forgive this guy? I mean, c'mon. "Blame it on the Rain" was an awesome song. 

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Reader Comments (3)

I don't believe a preference for one over the other constitutes quitting. I like Quark better, too; InDesign has been incredibly frustrating, because I keep looking for Quark tools that aren't there. :)
January 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSerenity
Jamie,
Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate the comment. I like the Milli Vanilli angle. Most non-writers I talk to think its not a big deal. I say "big deal" the whole premise of his non-fiction was a lie. They say "so".

We are becoming conditioned to accept lies as an inevitable and daily occurance...
January 16, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterR.J. Baker
I know a guy that regularly "fudges" in his business proposals. He doesn't call it lying. He calls it "gamesmanship". Sad.
January 16, 2006 | Registered CommenterJamie

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