(PDF DOWNLOAD) Fakers by Paul Maliszewski

(PDF DOWNLOAD) Fakers by Paul Maliszewski

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Publisher: New Press
Genres: True Crime Biographies, True Crime Books, Literary Studies: General, Cultural Studies, Coming Soon
Pages: 245 pages
ISBN10: 1595584226
ISBN13: 9781595584229
Tags: True Crime Biographies, True Crime Books, Literary Studies: General, Cultural Studies, Free Download, PDF Download
Language: en
Physical Form: Book
Size: Huge
Type: Digital

Fakers are believed—and, at least for a time, celebrated—because they each promise us, screen-gazing and experience-starved, something real and authentic, a view, however fleeting, of a great thing rarely glimpsed. —from Fakers

From James Frey and his fake memories of drug-addled dissolution to Stephen Glass and his fake dispatches from the fringes of politics to the author formerly known as JT LeRoy and his fake rural tough talk, we are beset by real-seeming fiction masquerading as truth. We are living in the era of the fake.

Fakers is a fascinating exploration of the varieties of faking, from its historical roots in satire and con artistry to its current boom. Paul Maliszewski journeys into the heart of our fake world, telling tales of the New York Sun's 1835 moon hoax, the invented poet Ern Malley (the inspiration for Peter Carey's novel My Life as a Fake), and Maliszewski's own satiric letters to the editor of the Business Journal of Central New York (written, unbeknownst to the editor, while he worked there as a reporter). Through these stories, he explains why fakers almost always find believers and often flourish.

Since 1997, the author has been on the trail of fakers and believers, asking the tricksters why they dissembled and the believers why they were ever fooled. Fakers tells us much about what we believe and want, why we trust, and why we still get duped.

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 long-running 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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