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    DescriptionWhy would two poets invent a fake writer, complete with a fake oeuvre and compelling life story, and then submit their fabrication to a literary magazine? Why might a biographer claim to have interviewed Howard Hughes and collaborated on the reclusive billionaire's autobiography despite never having met him? Why would a journalist concoct an eight-year-old junkie and then write an article about him, later winning a Pulitzer Prize for her invention? Why might memoirists pretend to be a Holocaust survivor, a gang member, and a recovered addict with a prison record? And why do we believe such wild fictions that masquerade as the truth? Why are we forever getting fooled by frauds? Paul Maliszewski explores the teeming varieties of fakery, from its historical roots in satire and con artistry to its current boom, starring James Frey and his false memories of drug-addled dissolution and the author formerly known as JT LeRoy with his fake rural tough talk. Journeying into the heart of our fake world, Maliszewski tells tales of the "New York Sun"'s 1835 moon hoax as well as his own satiric contributions to a newspaper--pieces written, unbeknownst to its editor, while the author worked there as a reporter. For anyone who has ever lied or been lied to, "Fakers" tells us much about what we believe and why we still get conned. The essays in "Fakers "explore: Jayson Blair's faked "New York Times" stories, about Jessica Lynch and much else Early American con artists Oscar Hartzell and the longrunning Drake's fortune scam Internet hoaxes about man-eating bears Han van Meegeren's forged Vermeers Clifford Irving's fake autobiography of Howard Hughes Michael Chabon's fictionalized version of his early years Binjamin Wilkomirski's fabricated Holocaust memoir In-depth interviews with three fakers: journalist Michael Finkel, painter Sandow Birk, and performance artist Joey Skaggs


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    Title
    Fakers
    Subtitle
    Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Pretenders
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Maliszewski
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 245
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781595584229
    ISBN 10: 1595584226
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15710
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000, SOC000000
    Ingram Subject Code: NC
    Libri: I-NC
    DC22: 813/.4
    BISAC V2.8: TRU000000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 001.95
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: CT9980 .M155 2008
    Publisher
    The New Press
    Imprint name
    The New Press
    Publication date
    11 June 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Paul Maliszewski has published his fiction and essays in Bookforum, Harper's, Granta, and the Paris Review, and his stories have twice received a Pushcart Prize. "Fakers "is his first book. He lives in Washington, D.C.
    Review quote
    "Not only is "Fakers" beautifully written and fun to read, but it is tremendously useful. It explains clearly and with perfectly chosen examples just what the distinction is between pointed pranks and lazy fabrications, and between satire and malice. And unlike previous efforts on the subject, this one is entirely in favor of the imagination." -- Luc Sante, author of "Low Life" and "Kill All Your Darlings" "Here it is, the one true guide to the world of forgery. Paul Maliszewski shows us how to distinguish the masterpieces from the frauds, the inspired fakes from the merely counterfeit, tossing off along the way a few gemlike examples of the former. This is a perfect book for our pompous, authenticity-grubbing times." -- Thomas Frank, author of "The Wrecking Crew" and "What's the Matter with Kansas"?