The Lifespan of a Fact

The Lifespan of a Fact


By (author) John D'Agata, By (author) Jim Fingal

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 231mm x 10mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 8 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393340732
  • ISBN 13: 9780393340730
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: Two-color throughout
  • Sales rank: 137,370

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How negotiable is a fact in nonfiction? In 2003, an essay by John D Agata was rejected by the magazine that commissioned it due to factual inaccuracies. That essay which eventually became the foundation of D Agata s critically acclaimed About a Mountain was accepted by another magazine, The Believer, but not before they handed it to their own fact-checker, Jim Fingal. What resulted from that assignment was seven years of arguments, negotiations, and revisions as D Agata and Fingal struggled to navigate the boundaries of literary nonfiction. This book reproduces D Agata s essay, along with D Agata and Fingal s extensive correspondence. What emerges is a brilliant and eye-opening meditation on the relationship between truth and accuracy and a penetrating conversation about whether it is appropriate for a writer to substitute one for the other."

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