Truth and Consequences 03/06/2008
The latest literary scandal is a banal and predictable one: a new memoir (Love and Consequences, by Margaret B. Jones) that claims to be the account of a "half-white, half-Native American" young woman who ran with the Bloods in South Central LA, turns out to have been written by a privileged young white woman named Margaret Seltzer from Sherman Oaks, who went to a private school and probably ran with the Heathers, if she ran with anybody. You can read all about it in the New York Times. It comes on the heels of (another) fake Holocaust memoir (not to mention in the wake of James Frey and J. T. Leroy), and it will no doubt provoke the usual handwringing: How could this happen? Don't agents and editors check the veracity of the memoirs they publish? Don't publishers have fact-checkers? (Answers: Easily. Not really. Generally speaking, no.)
In which I mostly write about books, movies, and TV. An all-purpose spoiler alert: Sometimes I will talk about these works on the assumption that the reader's already read or seen them, so if you haven't, be forewarned.
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