Saturday, February 04, 2006

time for a little miscellany

1. Happy birthday to this baby!

2. It is cold again. It's one of those bright, cloudless, blustery days that makes every person in western Kansas City want to hang out in everyone's favorite coffee shop. I know this is true because I served them all today.

3. In an effort to give legendary service in three minutes or less, I offered someone a piece of reduced fat cinnamon SQUIRREL coffee cake yesterday. She declined.

4. There's been some promising developments with the church hunt. A church in south Florida has invited us down to visit/ interview. I don't know if this will go anywhere or not, but it is nice to have people interested in us.

5. Have you guys heard all the hype about A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey? My sister gave it to me for Christmas, but I haven't read it yet. Apparently the guy claimed to be writing his memoirs, when the book is actually fiction. I'm having a hard time understanding what the big deal is. So it's fiction ... how does that affect whether or not you enjoy reading the story? I don't really get it.

That's all. I too am off to enjoy my cold sunny Saturday with a cup of coffee and a new book to read.


Madame Rubies said...

James Frey. Borders has always carried it in fiction anyhow. But, as a writer, the problem is blurring the line between fiction and nonfiction. Being lied to, as a reader, stinks. Being a writer of nonfiction, it is important to have credibility. If it is okay, however, for some nonfiction to actually be fake, the rest of us are stuck proving our own credibility over and over and over.

I'll take some of that Squirrel cake please. ;)

Mary said...

That's funny. I got that James Frey book for Christmas too. I haven't read it yet either. I'm with you on not understanding the hysteria. Lane tried to explain it to me: it is ok for Dave Eggars and David Sedaris because they tell you up front that they are embelishing, but it is not ok for Frey because he says it is a nonfiction memoir. (plus if you piss off Oprah, there is going to be hysteria)
What I don't understand is something like Augusten Burroughs. I LOVE his books and they are suppose to be memoirs but it seems a little crazy funny to all be true. PS. EVERYONE SHOULD READ RUNNING WITH SCISSORS before the movie comes out this year. SO GOOD.
Good luck with the South Florida trip! When are you going? What are the chances of a lay over in Dothan?

Valerie said...

What you said about not caring if it's fiction is what Oprah said at first too, but then apparently, her readers (and watchers) got on their blogs (hmmm...) and TRASHED her for not standing up for the truth and holding this man accountable. I think the point is that this book is about this man's drug addiction and redemption, and it touched a lot of people on a really personal level, and then they found out it was fake (or embellished). I'm sure that in more than one case, that was devastating. If it were about, say, Starbucks, it might not have mattered as much.

No squirrel cake for me, thanks.

Valerie said...

P.S. Minus 50 points for miscellany. If you had only told us up front that you were going to spell it wrong for effect...

Word scramble humdgqus. Sounds like something from Harry Potter. What's a girl got to do to get a new Harry Potter book, anyway?

Stephanie said...

The point system does not apply here. Thanks for trying, though.

I guess my thought on the book is, if it was entertaining, or moving, or encouraging, or whatever .... why does it matter if it actually happened? If he was writing a history book, I could understand their point. But it's his life - doesn't he get to lie about it if he wants to? It seems like his publishing company should be upset b/c they marketed it as a certain product, when it was actually something else, but I can't really relate to why the readers are so upset.

Madame Rubies said...

Steph, like you, I don't really care if it is true or not. I haven't even read it. But, I think, for most, they just don't like to be lied to. Who does? And, this man and his publishing company made a whole lot of money off of lies. It isn't this one thing that is the problem, but where it could lead. It's okay for memoir writers to lie (and he did more than embellish, he actually made up his life), then maybe we can fudge the truth a little on some of the country's history or our text books for school, etc... Granted, that is one slippery slope, but it is where a lot of the outrage comes from.

And then there is what Val said. People read that book and thought, "If he could do it, I can do it." But, suddenly they are told, he didn't do it after all.

buf said...

I don't understand how it's that big of a deal, either - but I also can't imagine claiming something was true that wasn't - I'd be aghast at my own self!