Sun, 8 June 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008. Twenty years ago today, a young man named James Frey was arrested for drunk driving. This would have been an event of little import except for the fact that Frey wrote about it fifteen years later, in a book that purported to be a memoir but turned out to have little to do with reality. I take a look at the story of 'A Million Little Pieces,' and also compare the sort of memoirs which were on the bestseller list twenty years ago and today.
The full version of James Frey's June 8, 1998 mugshot, and much of the information about the lies in 'A Million Little Pieces,' can be found at The Smoking Gun website. Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.
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