Friday, February 24, 2006

James Frey and Reality TV

Over in our friend Alice Bass' blog, there is an interesting take on truth in literature.

From the comments to Alice's entry "What's a Memoirist To Do":

"as for the james frey debacle, i have a theory on why there is such an audience for the outrage (this is what facinates me - not the conversation over what frey did - but my observations of why it seems to be such a swirl) is because we have a society that actually believes in reality tv. they think there is such a thing. they still believe the news is objective and that history, science and medicine are unbiased and factual. there is no such thing when it comes to language. language is not reality, at best it is the retelling of reality. by its nature language is always story."

Go to The Fairfax and see how Stacy Barton connects this issue to all fiction, as well as a plug for BIG FISH. Then join in the conversation.

What are you still doing here? Jeepers, don't I have any authority at all?

Just someone elses thoughts,

Sean

1 comment:

stacy barton said...

ha! what fun! i was meandering around trying to find my new blog and i found that i had been quoted. quite a glamorous thing to stumble upon oneself being quoted. grin. look for my new collection of short stories, Surviving Nashville, coming out with WordFarm this fall!