Thursday, January 26, 2006

And just to beat the Frey thing to a bloody pulp...

Oprah speaks:
(there's a video clip and everything!)


Blogger Bearette24 said...

Wow. I guess he is lying...there's no way he wouldn't "clearly recall" a root canal without Novocain!

I wonder which parts are true and which parts are made up. He said at the reading that Miles (the judge/roommate) was still alive...couldn't he step up to verify some of this stuff? Unless he's made up, too. Oy.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Frema said...

I will preface this by saying I have not read this book, nor do I plan to.

I usually think that emotional truth is more important that exact fact, and that when people go to read a memoir, that's what they're really relating to. However, in this case, it sounds like the author fabricated one of the core events of his story. That's never okay! His readers have every right to feel betrayed.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

I read the article, but I didn't see the video, because I would've had to download all this Windows stuff and my Mac tends not to like that. (Yeah, I anthropomorphize my computer.) But I'm wondering...did he make up Lily entirely? because no jail time = no suicide, I would think.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

I still enjoyed the book. I think that if people who have suffered from addiction get something from this book, then it was well worth him writing it....lies and all. My niece suffers from a very strong addiction and my sister is going to have her read the book to give her a taste of what it can bring you. Just thought I would add my 2 cents.


8:42 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Bearette, Oprah asked about the jail time & Lily, too (I taped the show and watched it last night). He says Lily was real, but she commited suicide by slitting her wrists.

Apparently, some people who were at the Tx center with him have said that some, but not all, of what he wrote about them is true. Also, a counselor from the center came forward when the book was published and alleged that the book contained mistruths.

I really felt for him. It was clear to me that he lied about many things in the book as he squirmed under Oprah's questioning and the audience's reactions. Most of the time he looked stupefied, and not a little like a child who knows he's in big trouble with his mommy.

I liked the book because it was amazing that all those things really happened to someone. If I read it now, it would seem more like just another crude story.

8:48 AM  
Blogger bdogg_mcgee said...

Just goes to show--you don't F with Oprah...

11:28 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Poor James. He must have known this would come out, though! I wonder if his contract for 2 more books will fall through.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Roxanne- I agree that if the book helps people with addiction, it's still a worthy book for that reason.

I wonder what the response has been from that population...

12:13 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Can I just tell you how much I dislike Oprah? SHE should be apologizing as much as Frey. She's just a rat on a sinking ship. And why does she have to make everything about her? "You embarrassed me." Well, la-di-da. What good did it really do to bring Frey on the show to embarrass him? That time could have been better spent by profiling real survivors of addiction or a debate on the state of honesty in America or something.


1:24 PM  
Blogger Number Twelve said...

OK, I just got one of Lisa's references to "freying about" on a comment on her blog. Duh. And my admiration for Oprah has diminished through the last few years as she's become a bit I Love Myself.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Hah. Sometimes I laugh at how often she'll ask a question of a guest and then interrupt him just as he's starting to answer.

Having Frey on, I think, was just an opportunity to distance herself from the whole thing. The whole "Oprah doesn't think the turth is important!" thing could be a career-crusher.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

But also- I was interested enough to tape it and watch it-- albeit through bleary eyes, as I'd been to the optometrist that evening. ;) I wanted to hear what he had to say.

2:21 PM  

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