I didn't see the Larry King interview -- personally I don't think JF deserves my viewing time!But I'm curious to know what everyone thinks of this quote from Publishers Weekly: "Robert Gottlieb, of Trident Media Group, said he thought this event is something of "an anomaly" and that, in spite of it, publishers still need to rely on "the truthfulness of an author" as opposed to teams of fact-checkers."um, so like, what are the fact checkers for?
There are no "fact checkers" in book publishing. There are lawyers who vet a piece for libel or other actionable (ie something that might lead to a lawsuit) statements, but no "fact checkers".
In fact, it's not illegal to lie. It's not actionable to say you're a multiple felon if you're not. I can lie like a rug and call myself...well.. Miss Snark for example, and it's not illegal. But when you publish that, you call it fiction. Or indicate in some way that maybe it's not all quite "true".
But, what is truth?
Is it true that James Frey remembers things differently than other people? Most likely.
Is it true that he wrote things that can't be verified independently? yup.
Is it true he said he was convicted of crimes but cannot produce any substantiation for that? yup.
Is it true he was a liar and a cheat? no. It's true he IS a liar and a cheat, no past tense about it.
Is it true this will make no difference in probably a week, and for sure a year? Yup.
so, what is truth? The truth is that James Frey wrote a much better novel than a lot of editors gave him credit for.