Knowing when to lie, and when not to.

NoelCoward.jpgIsrael Lee knows when to do both. Or does she? The brilliance of writing a memoir in which you discuss your history of lying (in this case, forgery) is that the very subject of the memoir and the discussion of the veracity of your claims reinforces the interest in the memoir. The fact that she got away impersonating writers like Noel Coward (see image above*) makes me think she can really write, too. James Frey gets caught lying and it undermines his writing and underscored its weakness (whether or not that impacts his sales is not my concern); Israel Lee says “I’m a liar” and it will simply keep the engine of speculation and interest alive for this memoir (though at only 18,000 words I wonder if it really qualifies as a book).
Rewarding liars with book deals should be considered unethical, but I’m currently 200 pages into my latest truthful lie (my novel which hopefully is nearing the final push to the end) and I can’t say I’d be disappointed with a book deal for my lies.
*NOTE: the picture above is of Noel Coward… or is it???

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