The Man Who Knew Nothing About Memoir

May 17, 2011 § 17 Comments

Three dumb things James Frey said to Oprah yesterday, still defending his memoir which is anything but:

“I thought of it as a statement of defiance. I wrote it without any respect for what is fact, what is fiction.”

“I’m more influenced by artists than writers. Let’s say you look at a cubist self-portrait. It doesn’t look anything like Picasso. So when I was writing the book I was thinking of it like that.”

“I don’t have a lot of respect for memoir.”

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