- The Know-It-All : One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs. I rate it 8 out of 10. A.J. is a funny guy, and his conversational writing style comes across in this book- making it an easy read. A was a little disappointed how the book ended- ironically enough like the Encyclopedia he was studying: Abruptly. He never bothered to *really* tell the user what he gained from his experience. Did he become smarter? Was it worth it? To be honest, AJ could have written a book about his wife and pregnancy- and that would have been just as funny.
- Lord of War with Nicolas Cage received a 7.5 on IMDB amazes me. I would give it a 2/10, and that is for the opening scene. The writing and acting in the film was so bad, I had to turn it off. Seriously. A good example- NCage delivery of an important phone conversation: "What? They know about us? What? They are coming here? Now? What? Change the name of the ship? What? Kono? K. O. N. O?"
- The Lakers lost to the hopeless Kings last nite. I feel bad for Kobe. He is playing his best bball ever. Did all he could to help the team win. When it came down to it, the Lakers lost for 2 reasons: Lamar Odom and Luke Walton. Odom made 2 bone-head mistakes late in the game. Walton couldn't hit a wide-open 15-foot jumper to save his life. I don't care who his dad is.
- Gmail finally added a "delete" button. Yeah.
As you might have heard by now, the SmokingGun has done some stellar investigative reporting to reveal the fact that James Frey's Oprah-Book-Club-induced best-seller, A Million Little Pieces, is "filled with fabrications, falsehoods..."
CNN has reported that the publisher, Random House, will honor refunds of the book.
Although the author's website has been down for a while, he did post earlier in the day with this poetic piece:
So let the haters hate, let the doubters doubt, I stand by my book, and my
life, and I won't dignify this bullshit with any sort of further response.
I have to agree with him on this one. Although I blogged earlier how his arrogance has gotten him in trouble in the past, in this case he is 100% corret.
Big deal. It is a memoir, filed under non-fiction and, yet, always considered a grey-area when it comes to the validity of the details. Many authors of this genre have taken similar liberties (though some might mention this in the foreword). If David Sedaris or Augustin Burroughs or another modern-day author has not done the same, I would be surprised. Remember, the SmokingGun is accusing Frey of lying about his police record - that he claimed it was worse than it truly is!!! I remembers the day when people used to lie to make their police records look better!
The bottom line is, if you are one of the silly people who purchased the book *only* cause it had a big-O sticker on the front and reminded you of Bermuda- the you deserve a refund. Not because you were duped, but because you are a poser, and should be spending your money on slap-bracelets and white-washed denim. However, if you enjoyed the work as a modern-day better-than-average piece of literature, then shut-up & enjoy.
UPDATE #1: Random House is NOT offering refunds.
UPDATE #2: Frey was on Larry King Live tonite. Basically, Frey repeated many times that this is the nature of a memoir- its a subjective recreation of events based on one's recollection. King then repeated many times that its filed under non-fiction. Frey says he "stands behind the general truth of the book." He also points out that 18 out of 432 pages are under dispute. The Big-O called in and offered her support to James, although she feels that everyword in a memoir is assumed to be true. What a tool.
UPDATE #3: Good news!! MLP is the #1 bestseller on both Amazon and BN right now. MFL is #4 and #5 currently.