‘James Frey’ Sound Familiar?
Posted by wordforit on September 14, 2007
Marketing tactic for getting books published…first write one that’s bogus! Seems to be the long way around but, hey, must be worthwhile! If a “bogus book” can sell “more than three million copies”, who am I to razz the author? To each his own rendition of success…
James Frey has written a new novel, “Bright Shiny Morning”, to be released in the summer of 2008. He wrote a book marketed as nonfiction titled “A Million Little Pieces” and was later exposed for embellishing facts.
It isn’t like none of us can spin a yarn about sex, drugs and/or rock n’ roll but do we have to embellish it to sensationalism, get on T.V., then stir up more attention for ticking the host off by letting it come out that it’s a lie, or just not completely true, after the interview airs?
Wouldn’t it be easier to call it “fiction”? I would go the fiction route to start with because it would be embarrassing to have someone “factcheck” and find out it’s all true! Just kidding. I would go the fiction route because I have issues about putting my business in the street.
It goes to the influences we have on others. When I was an adolescent, someone close to me joked and told stories about things they had done as a kid. As kids do, I processed that as an affimation that I wasn’t doing anything out-of-the-ordinary by smoking, drinking or other things supposedly held to adult standards. You know how we have the world by the tail…!
Most adult topics are better left private, especially in conversation with young people. If I choose to talk to mine about ‘life’, that’s my business. I have no right, however, to discuss with kids in the neighborhood about times I may have been in questionable situations with questionable characters.
Why do we think it’s important to reveal our most personal secrets? No one else is going to enjoy your high, sex life, or whatever, as much as you, so why bother? If it’s put in a context to prevent others from making mistakes or to offer solutions, that’s one thing, but to “Jerry Springer it”, is another.
When I worked at the local middle school, the students would start asking for a pass to the nurse an hour before time for “Jerry Springer” to come on…they’ll be voting in the next election…wasn’t that a porn star that wanted become a politician in California? Lots of jokes there! Call me small minded or whatever you will but I wouldn’t want my child to have two careers if the first is in “adult entertaiment”.
I think a lot of people enjoy finding out how ridiculous others are because it makes them feel better about themselves. If you are one of those folk, check your motives. If you can truly laugh at depravity, your motives are shot-out… you need a conscience! It is gossiping at the fence magnified ??? times!
Many moons ago, someone told me that when people confess, it’s not always about being honest with others; it’s sometimes a way of making self feel better. Like, “Okay, I’ve admitted what a low-life I am. Doesn’t everyone feel better about the human condition?”
Not me! I like to think we can edify and build each other up, not make matters worse or tear each other down. That is not to say we shouldn’t share experiences or empathize. We can benefit from others’ catharsis in a ” I’m not alone” way, but I do not want to be burdensome or cause someone to stumble. Are you thinking, “Slippery slope”?
Word for It: edify: To instruct, especially to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement.
James Frey, Wall Street Journal Article (new window): http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118963109268725524.html?mod=googlenews_wsj