a blog with cultural bulimia.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Much ado about nothing?

The question is: even if James Frey completely fabricated his history with drugs in "A Million Little Pieces", does it change the value of the book?? If so, why?
I am disappointed by this controversy surrounding 'A Million Little Pieces,' because I rely on the publishers to define the category that a book falls within, and also the authenticity of the work. But the underlying message of redemption in James Frey's memoir still resonates with me, and I know it resonates with millions of other people who have read this book. What is relevant is that he was a drug addict who spent years in turmoil from the time he was 10 years old drinking and tormenting himself and his parents, and stepped out of that history to be the man that he is today and to take that message to save other people and allow them to save themselves. Oprah on Larry King
FREY ON KING: "About the best television I've seen in forever." Andrew Sullivan