January 30, 2006

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Truth in Writing?
“And how do I feel now that the author of an investigative story in LAWeekly believes that Nasdijj is a fraud and actually a white writer named Timothy Barrus [and not Native American]? Vindicated? Well, sure,” writes writer/multiculturalist Sherman Alexie in a Time magazine essay. Within days of publishing the story in LAWeekly, Nasdijj confessed to being Barrus. (In the New York Times, David Carr offers more thoughts about the Oprah’s endorsement and then banishment of James Frey and his Million Little Pieces.)

Martha Sherrill thought she would write a memoir about her life. The project just didn’t work for her—even though Random House gave her an advance. Now she is paying back the advance, and Penguin Press is releasing her novel The Ruins of California, according to “Memoir Becomes Novel, Secret Remains Secret” by Edward Wyatt in The New York Times.

Posey’s End?
Britian’s Nigella Lawson of Poetry or TV presenter Daisy Goodwin warned that poetry is “dying and set to become as quaint as morris dancing.” During Goodwin’s show actors recite verse. “’It [poetry] will be like morris dancing: really interesting to people who do it, and incomprehensible and slightly annoying to people who don’t,’” David Smith in The Observer quoted Goodwin as saying.

Whatever Happened to Harper Lee?
She is alive and well, living a quiet life in Monroeville, Alabama. Her famed novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, has sold more than 10 million copies since it appeared in 1960. Ginia Bellafante interviewed her for “Harper Lee, Gregarious for a Day,” which appeared in the New York Times.