Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Erica Jong On James Frey

Just when I think I've read every bit of foolishness on the self-admitted liar James Frey, Erica Jong offers up this idiotic defense in USA Today:
Why not just say: "Books are hard to sell in this television-besotted world, and I wanted to sell my book so I fibbed. I still stand behind the emotional truth of my book. It felt like I was in jail for months."

If Frey had been self-effacing and honest, who could have objected? It's difficult to sell books, and authors are desperate.... He could have just said: "Writers exaggerate, and I'm a writer." End of story.
There is no "emotional truth" in a pack of lies. His lies are especially obnoxious in a book that makes a cult out of embracing the Truth. And "memoir" is not a synonym for "I made it all up." How hard is that to understand?


Anonymous said...

I'm amazed at the number of real writers and publishers and editors who defended this twit.

popparazzi said...

I have a fear of Erica Jong.

Anonymous said...

I have a fear of bad writing.