When I read James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces I did so before the whole flap about the “truthiness” of it and Oprah’s spectacular, although somewhat self-serving, smack down of Frey in January 2006. As I watched the two-part interview that Oprah just did with Frey as she wraps up the 25th and final season of her show, there was a bit of context that I really wished that she had explored. I remember when I watched the famous smack down, I wasn’t all that concerned with Frey’s transgressions. All I could think at the time was how much I wish that Oprah or someone, anyone, in the media, had held the Bush Administration under the same bright lights of truth. By January 2006 even fair-minded Bush supporters realized that he and his henchman had lied, lied, lied to the American people and the world about Iraq. Yet those who sent thousands to die in a war against the wrong enemy get off scott free, while poor James Frey has to take an on-air beating. Don’t get me wrong, he deserved the verbal beating but the lying administration deserved worse. It is kind of like all of the malfeasance wrought by Wall Street over the dedcades and yet Martha Stewart is the one to go to prison. How about the entire leadership at Goldman Sachs. Why don’t they get a smack down?
But I digress.
Frey has a new book out that imagines Jesus coming back to earth. I like the premise and I like the creative (and provactive) book design.
I think I might actually buy it.