Wanker of the day

Nan A. Talese, former editor and publisher of A Million Little Pieces by James Frey:

As for Frey's use of fictitious elements in his ostensibly factual account of addiction and recovery, Talese said: "When someone starts out and says, 'I have been an alcoholic. I have lied. I have cheated.' ... you do not think this is going to be the New Testament."

From Gawker's live-blogging of the Frey flogging on Oprah with Talese in attendance:

Oprah's people were contacted by someone from the Hazelden clinic days after the book was picked. This person questioned the book, so Oprah had her people contact Talese. Talese's team backed it up and said Frey's book was "non-fiction."

I'm actually glad Talese has dragged l'affair Frey back to public consciousness; those were good times.


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