From Publishers Lunch and a host of other places in the blogosphere comes the news that Augusten Burroughs author of Running with Scissors, and publisher thereof, St Martins Press are gonna be guest stars on Court TV as the family sues Burroughs for not making it all up.
Now, lest you think "Dr Finch's family" are all a bunch of money grubbing losers, think about this: one of your siblings writes a book and lays bare every horrid thing you did to her/him/it AND the dog. And makes a pot load of money. AND gets a movie deal. If Miss Snarks sibs did that, she'd be hauled off to the hoosegow. Don't think they haven't tried.
Writing about something makes it public. Changing the names for "privacy" is a half assed measure at best.
If Miss Snark mooned the president of Harvard at commencement it wouldn't take much for people to connect the dots (so to speak) if Grandmother Snark wrote about it even if Miss Snark were rechristened Miss Martha Stewart.
Newspapers employ people who's full time job is to check the facts in the newspapers stories BEFORE they run. Several people have lost their jobs recently because they played fast and loose with the truth.
Newspapers, even those "of record", wrap fish the next day. Books last a LOT longer. And are held to lower, if any, standards.
Which leads me back to the question I asked in one of my first posts: who's fact checking this stuff?
And if anybody is thinking of phoning Grandmother Snark to ask for prurient details, the number is 1-900-REJ ECTN