January 11, 2006


Want to hear something crazy? Then get someone to read this aloud to you:

Random House will refund readers who bought James Frey's drug and alcohol memoir "A Million Little Pieces" directly from the publisher, a move believed to be unprecedented, after the author was accused of exaggerating his story.

(via Bookslut.)

UPDATE: "Random House," says Mr. Frey on his weblog, "is NOT offering refunds!" He quotes a statement allegedly from RH, but there's no link or attribution. Made-up? Or real? As soliciting customers to apply for refunds for a puffed-up memoir seems totally, utterly, unimaginably insane, I think it's more than plausible that the CNN report was in error, but you never know, and anyway it's kind of fun to imagine that he made that up, too. I mean, in for a penny, in for a pound, right?

UPDATE 2: I just watched the Larry King interview, and wow: just when you were thinking it couldn't get weirder, it got weirder. Frey, his mom, Jerzy Kozinski ("well, you know, he committed suicide - not that I'm suggesting..."), Ernest Hemingway ("they didn't have memoirs back then, it's a very new concept"), the nature of truthiness ("usually memoir is thought of in the genre of 'nonfiction'"), and a final climactic supposedly unexpected call-in from Oprah herself ("Anderson, we're going to have to go over: we've got Oprah on the phone! we've got Oprah!") who stands by her man, but blames the controversy on the publisher for mislabeling. And then Anderson Cooper mentions that Gloria Vanderbilt would have been mad at him if he had cut off Oprah. Let's hear it for mothers. Boy oh boy. God Bless America.

Posted by Dr. Frank at January 11, 2006 07:50 PM | TrackBack

I already Sold my copy for Crack.

Posted by: Wesley at January 11, 2006 11:29 PM

This guy sounds so awful. I hate to say it, but all this publicity makes me want to read the book.

Posted by: courtney at January 12, 2006 04:51 AM

God Bless America, indeed!

Posted by: Coco at January 12, 2006 09:46 AM

Odd choice by Oprah.

Posted by: josh at January 12, 2006 03:55 PM

the best part of the larry king/anderson cooper 360 segue was that LK kept apologizing for holding up AC's show because of Oprah, and then they kept yapping about it instead of actually getting on with AC's truncated show. and then i think 360 covered the debacle too. is this really news?

Posted by: amber at January 12, 2006 10:12 PM

With nothing else pressing to do last night, I had an opportunity to watch this teeball match as well. To me, what was most striking was that King's broad, non-specific questions relating to the book ("Did you embellish?") were not only left unanswered by Frey, but King seemed completely satifisfied with the incomplete, bullshit answers he received from this pretend author guy. Hey suspender guy: Does the phrase "Would you please answer my fucking question?" mean anything? Sheesh, what a strokejob.

Posted by: David Cummings at January 12, 2006 10:35 PM

Larry King usually comes off as an uninformed moron. I'm assuming that's because he is one. He asks a bunch of soft pitch questions and frequently the questions he asks reveal a less than cursory knowledge of the person he is interviewing or the subject at hand. Because I'm a fan, I particularly recall an interview with Johnny Cash about 10 years ago that was just laughable. I don't know how the man has his own show on TV.

Posted by: DNB at January 13, 2006 11:01 PM