Tuesday, January 24, 2006

More Pieces in the Frey Puzzle

A follow-up to my previous entry on the controversy over James Frey's book:

Further questions today about the 95% of the book which Frey says is actually true. Former staffers at the rehabilitation center which it is presumed he is writing about say the things he describes could not have happened there. They may just be covering their butts, and Frey insists that what he wrote is true.

But here's the problem: When we already know that he made things up, like a three month prison term, one is much more inclined to believe his critics than him.

Don't be surprised if Oprah abandons her book club again.


Blogger Wayne said...

Do you have a link for the "further questions?" I haven't heard anything new and I've been trying to follow this story.

Also, have you read the details on Frey's book at smoking-gun's website? It's pretty damning...

1:43 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...


My source was an article in the NYT, which I think actually cited "smoking-gun" as a source.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

Per published reports, Oprah has backed off her support and has rebuked Frey.

I think she should stick with dead authors--less trouble that way.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous "omis" said...

Surely it's a sign of the Apocolypse. Why, I can't think of a single book in history which was promoted as true but which has largely fictionalized stories.


Anyway, shouldn't Oprah be grilling the publisher, which marketed the book as a memoir, rather than the author, who shopped it as fiction?

9:28 PM  

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