Saturday, March 08, 2008

The Fake Memoirist's Survival Guide

How to embellish your life story without getting caught.

from Slate.

from the article:

'"Specificity is your enemy.
Write with passionate vagueness. Avoid precise dates; don't get more exact than the year if you can help it. Better yet, the decade. One scholar challenged the authenticity of Misha Defonseca's memoir based on her claim that her family was deported from Belgium in 1941—in reality, the Germans didn't deport Belgian Jews until 1942. Frey was undone when the Smoking Gun discovered he had spent only a few hours in jail, not three months. When in doubt, go with "awhile.""



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