Truthfulness by the Numbers

August 4, 2011 § 1 Comment


We think his tongue might be partially (or fully) in his cheek, but all the same, Ben Yagoda (author of the excellent Memoir: A History, )  makes some fine sense with his recent “handy how-to guide” to determining the truthfulness of a memoir.  He offers his 100-point scale and applies it to everyone from St. Augustine to Hemingway, James Frey, and the crooner Andy Williams.

The rating system is reproduced below. And here’s the full link to his article, a collaboration with infographics artist Dan DeLorenzo:

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  • […] Truthfulness by the Numbers « BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog "We think his tongue might be partially (or fully) in his cheek, but all the same, Ben Yagoda (author of the excellent Memoir: A History, ) makes some fine sense with his recent “handy how-to guide” to determining the truthfulness of a memoir. He offers his 100-point scale and applies it to everyone from St. Augustine to Hemingway, James Frey, and the crooner Andy Williams." […]

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