Fakers : Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders.
by Paul Maliszewski
Editor: The New Press
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Why two poets invent a fake writer, complete with a fake and fascinating life story, and then submit their manufacture to a literary magazineWhy a biographer asks to interview Howard Hughes and collaborated with the reclusive billionaire, autobiography despite never having met himWhy a journalist concoct an eight-year-old junkie, then write an article about him, later win the Pulitzer Prize for his inventionWhy memoirists pretend to be a Holocaust survivor, a gang member, and a former drug addict with a recording prisonAnd why do we think these savage fictions that pretend to be the truthWhy are we forever fooled by fraudPaul Maliszewski explores the trick-filled variety, from its historical roots in satire and creative crap to its current rise, featuring James Frey and his false memories of the rotten drug of dissolution and the author formerly known as the JT LeRoy with his fake rural hard to talk aboutA journey into the heart of our fake world, Maliszewski tells stories from the New York Sun (1835 lunar hoax as well as his own satirical contribution to a newspaper, written plays, without the knowledge of his publisher, while the author worked there as a journalistFor someone who has never lied or lied, Counterfeiters tell us a lot about what we believe and why we continue to be cheated.The essays in Counterfeiters explore: Jayson Blair is fake New York Times stories, about Jessica Lynch and many other early American artists with Oscar Hartzell and Drake’s longrunning Internet scam hoaxes about the bear-eater Han van Meegeren forged Vermeers Clifford Irving is a fake autobiography of Howard Hughes Michael Chab
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