Friday, January 13, 2006

Novel Approach to Truthiness

Novelist Christian Bauman talks about how he could've sold his own novel as non-fiction, but chose not to, in contrast with Frey, whose book will now come with an author's note (hopefully, not something mealy-mouthed like ""The emotional truth is there."). Bauman also mentions Swofford's Jarhead as a Memoir which may suffer in the truthiness department.

Anyway, suffice to say, I bought Bauman's well-reviewed work of *fiction* on Amazon today. Of course, Frey's A Million Tiny Pieces topped Amazon's bester seller list Wednesday night though, after his softball Larry King appearance, so, you know, he ain't hurtin'. Hmm. ... [checks Amazon]:

It's still number one.

"There's no such thing as bad press, as long as they spell your name right." - attributed to P.T. Barnum.

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