Friday, February 10, 2006

Stephen King on Addiction, Lies & James Frey


In Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King offers a poignant look into the James Frey affair which goes deeper than simply the question of whether or not he lied:

"The amazing thing is that anyone — including Oprah — believed any of Frey's stories once they realized he was trying to manage good sobriety without much help, because this is a trick very few druggies and alcoholics can manage. I know, because I'm both . . . And did I wonder, pre-Oprah, if there were other lies in A Million Little Pieces? Nope. I just wondered when they'd start coming out. Because if my own career as a drunk both active and sober has convinced me of anything, it's convinced me of this: Addictive personalities do not prosper on their own. Without unvarnished, tough-love truth-telling from their own kind — the voices that say, ''You're lying about that, Freckles'' — the addict has a tendency to fall back into his old ways."

read the whole thing.

3 Comments:

Anonymous A said...

Kudos to Steven King. He speaks unvarnished truth in this piece.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

So true...so VERY true!!

8:16 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

He has an instantly identifiable voice...even when he isn't writing fiction--like when he calls the dude in the meeting "Freckles" and when he writes a sentence that begins "Because, dig:..."

I love a man who can use a comma, a colon, and two words, and one of those words is "dig," to begin a sentence.

9:49 AM  

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