Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Frey's publisher on Frey

Interesting. Glad Nan Talese put it back on Frey's shoulders.

In it, a quote by Tom Wolfe:

“Let me tell you something—George Orwell, probably back in the 1950’s, wrote that autobiography is the most outrageous form of fiction. It always has been, and probably always will be, and usually there’s no blogger to catch them,” said Mr. Wolfe. “It has nothing to do with the New Journalism.

“I mean, if it’s gonna be called ‘nonfiction,’ I don’t think there should be any doubt about it,” he added.

Here's the piece in The Observer.


amy said...

The guy at the end who said, "(He) has betrayed the whole enterprise of memoir and nonfiction, because it means every time somebody picks up a book written by somebody who writes this kind of stuff, they’re less likely to believe it.”

That's really interesting. I have a friend whose memoir is coming out in 58 days, and she's really sweating bullets about the fallout.

Victor Infante said...

Huh. Oddly enough, I inherently distrust anything anyone writes about themselves. It's not like they're objective. Most people create strange wrinkles in their personal history without ever realizing they've done it.

But then, I'm a cynical sort.

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see what happens--whether memoirs will be more sought after or less so. And whether all memoirs will have to display prominent disclaimers.