"Certainly after this experience, I have to wonder if there is such a thing as a "nonfiction memoir." One can fact-check facts, but how do you fact-check memory and perception?"Wrong. James Frey did not make an honest mistake on details or simply have a different perception of events. James Frey LIED. He made up events out of whole cloth. He lied about his jail time, he lied about his treatment while at Hazelden, he lied every step of the way. And how about at least starting with some of the big facts? James Frey never went to jail and he never brawled with cops. These events are central to the book and easily checked. Frey didn't remember things differently or perceive them differently -- he made up lies to aggrandize himself. Period. Of course there is such a thing as a nonfiction memoir. They don't include lies.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
James Frey Dumped By His Agent
Publishers Weekly has an exclusive interview with James Frey's agent, Kassie Evashevski. She has dumped him. The agent insists Frey never told her the book was fiction; he only asked if they could market it as an autobiographical novel to save his family some embarrassment. But ultimately, she too takes refuge in a lie.