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Louis de Rougemont makes James Frey look like a documentarian. A sickly Victorian lad who arose from his cot, knocked around the Southern Hemisphere for a while, and returned to England with a hifalutin new moniker and captivating tales of seafaring per
Shipwrecked! at the Lyric; Heroes in Lowell
| December 04, 2009
"You just shit yourself — every muscle, every joint aches. Your entire body cries for heroin. Just one bag of heroin, you know that's all you need, and you'll feel better."
A former junkie looks back at tough days in Lowell
| June 12, 2009
Me and my tattoos
I know that most people get their first tattoo when they’re drunk, or infatuated, or when there’s a race war on their cellblock and they have to quickly join a gang — but not me.
One Man’s Inky Voyage Toward Meaning
| July 23, 2008
Who gives a truth?
Both authors write largely about issues of addiction and abuse, but they couldn’t have more different styles.
Augusten Burroughs and James Frey try to overcome authenticity scandals with grim new books
| May 28, 2008
The ratio of falsehood to truth in the universe has not, of course, altered one jot since the world began.
Fakeries and the faking fakers who fake them
| March 13, 2008
This spring brings exciting story collections from established authors and hot newcomers.
Spring Arts Preview: Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
| March 10, 2008
Can Britney rise again?
The first movie star was a woman named Florence Lawrence.
It’s tough to be a celebrity on the skids, but even a ‘ticking time-bomb’ can stage a convincing comeback
| October 18, 2007
David Sedaris, laughing gnome of NPR and bestselling humorist, may — in the course of trying to be funny — have made a few things up.
Sedaris busted for unreal humor, apathetic Oxycontin addict discovered in California!
| March 20, 2007
Solo performer Mike Daisey has been described as a cross between Noam Chomsky and Jack Black, Spalding Gray and Robin Williams and — my favorite — “Jackie Gleason meets Franz Kafka.”
Delving deeper with Mike Daisey
| September 26, 2006
Like anyone who works a specific beat — sportswriters and political writers come to mind — media critics acquire lots of impressions, opinions, and stray observations that never actually make it into print, and yet they are worth musing over.
Sometimes a media critic just wants to herd a few cats
| May 03, 2006
The disappointing thing about Henry Rollins — otherwise a paragon of American manhood — has always been the fact that he is, in public at least, a Moz basher.
The singular brilliance of Morrissey
| March 27, 2006
Howie Carr blows up
It’s Friday, and Howie Carr Incorporated is in full flog for his new book, The Brothers Bulger (Warner Books).
As Whitey makes him famous, the Bulger -scribe doesn’t have to worry about facts
| March 16, 2006
Brilliant or bullshit?
You’re on a subway in an unfamiliar city, and you don’t know how you got there or where you’re going.
The Difficulty of Proving Amnesia
| March 15, 2006
I keep waiting for Madonna to have her James Frey moment.
Matisyahu and Madonna embrace a holy plan
| March 02, 2006
Phantom of the Oprah
Letters to the Boston editor: February 24, 2006
| February 23, 2006
From the ashes
Honest, perceptive, and keenly felt, The Good Life — the story of two couples’ furtive, hesitant stabs at happiness in the brave and fearful new world of post-9/11 New York — is McInerney’s most mature and affecting book yet.
Jay McInerney grows up
| February 22, 2006
Attack of the 50-foot Oprah
David Letterman is by no means the first one to realize that the road to success — or forgiveness — entails planting a kiss somewhere on Oprah’s oft-fluctuating anatomy.
Why America’s most powerful celebrity should be more feared than loved
| February 09, 2006
The trouble with the truth
I think I deserve considerable credit for not comparing Governor John Baldacci’s state-of-the-state address to the kind of memoir that wins an endorsement from Oprah’s book club.
Politics and other mistakes
| February 02, 2006
The awful truth
Not to be outdone by recent Beltway-corruption scandals, the ordinarily more-subdued literary world found itself two weeks ago grappling with its own grim little fraud.
Recent revelations about fictitious memoirs have exposed our society’s lust for stories about savaging helpless children
| January 25, 2006
If you are one of the more than 3.5 million readers (and climbing) who forked over $22.95 for James Frey’s autobiographical account of his addiction to booze and cocaine, and his subsequent recovery from the depths of spiritual squalor, you were robbed
The Smoking Gun shoots author James Frey, and bags Oprah and Doubleday in the process
THE PHOENIX EDITORIAL
| January 20, 2006
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