James Frey: Another book, another scandal?

Okay, bear with me here, as I post a blog entry about a blog entry that contains yet another blog entry. It’s really not that complicated if you focus:

Just wanted to give Gawker mad props for their realization this morning that the first paragraph of James Frey’s new book as posted on his website is almost identical to Wikipedia’s definition of the founding of Los Angeles.

That’s right: They just accused Frey of ripping off Wikipedia.

(It is also worth noting, if you follow those links up there, that since the paragraph first appeared on Gawker this morning, Frey has removed the word "mulatto.")

In all seriousness, I can’t help but think one of the commentors over on that other site has the right idea: Anyone can edit Wikipedia. Couldn’t this just be a publicity stunt? Is Frey just doing this to mess with us, or is he really that clueless? Oh, postmodernism! How your meta ways befuddle me!

Comments (10 total)
  • A million little fibers

    Oh lord, promise me that South Park will have another towelie episode about this new chapter in the Frey story…

  • paige

    cancel studio 60!

  • Kat

    Okay, I’m very anti-Frey, but those two paragraphs really don’t sound that much alike at all. They’re just relating the same information.

  • t3hdow

    Someone’s complaining about Frey ripping a definition off Wikipedia? Wow…when did the stupid train come in to whoever posted it?
    Enough is enough with this James Frey crap. I don’t hate the guy like Kat, but that situation was just Oprah PMSing over her mistake. If she’s really against dishonesty, then you’re speaking to half the freaking country, even in the literary world (Frey isn’t the first and won’t be the last). For god’s sake, losing $25 isn’t that big a deal compared to say…Bush’s lies to send our soldiers to Iraq (currently around the 3K mark on deaths). Yet people can’t stop making Frey looking like a pariah…

  • Jody Tresidder

    Frey’s new Nixonian nickname should be “Tricky Wiki”.
    Thought the Gawker piece was hilarious – just the idea of Frey and all his dirty loot from those horrible books! Have at him!

  • steven

    this seems more about people dumping on frey cause it makes them feel cool and superior than true plagiarism. seriously if you break it down:
    if los angeles was founded on sept 4, 1781 by a group of 46 settlers – not only are you allowed to say it – you have to say it.
    then frey tells us they called themselves “pobladores”. that fact is not mentioned in the wikipedia entry.
    frey goes on to tell us that the settlers named it “el pueblo de nuestra senora la reina de los angeles de porciuncula” wikipedia does mention that but does give additional details of the location that frey leaves out.
    then they both tell us about the ancestry of the settlers – a very basic bit of information.
    honestly – this says more about group psychologically and how quickly people like to gang up on those they perceive to be easy targets than it does about what a dishonest person frey is.

  • nd

    Last time I checked…restating a fast was not plagerism. Aside from the date, the # of settlers and the name “Los Angeles”, the two paragraphs are barley similar at all.

  • Sara

    Jeez Whitney
    Did you even take the time to read the two articles before you gave Gawker “mad props”? They have nothing incriminating in common. It’s just Gawker trying to be cool by attacking an easy target with nothing to back it up.

  • robyn

    im not very anti-frey, i read his first book and having been through addiction myself, found it insightful and heart wrenching, even if not 100% true. it was well written and i couldnt put it down.
    also i agree that they dont sound exactly the same, just describing the same event. i think people are just out to put him down any way they can because of the “scandal” about a million little pieces

  • MARI

    THE NEXT JAMES FREY IS TIM KRING, WRITER FOR THE NBC SHOW HEROES.
    A LOT OF ARTISTS IN NYC FEEL THAT ISSAC MENDEZ, THE ARTIST THAT CAN PAINT THE FUTURE ON HEROES IS ABOUT A UNDERGROUND ARTIST CALLED EELE.
    I SAW EELE AT A RUSH ARTS GALLERY SHOW IN NYC, RUSH ARTS IS OWNED BY RUSSELL SIMMONS OF THE DEF JAM RECORDS FAME.
    AT THIS EXIBITION EELE SHOWED WORK ABOUT HOW HE PAINTED 9-11-01 BEFORE IT HAPPEND!! TIM KRING CLAIMS THAT HE CREATED THE ARTIST ON HEROES, HOW CAN HE CLAIM AUTHORSHIP OF SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT IN THE NY DAILY NEWSPAPERS AND EXIBITED IN CHELSEA GALLERIES YEARS BEFORE THERE WAS A HEROES TV SHOW ON NBC?
    SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT HERE….

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