Apr 21, 2011 @ 9:00:00 am
Tao Lin weighs in on the recent history and future of the novel.
The attacks against (and defenses of) Greg Mortenson’s book Three Cups of Tea, in which the author recalls his philanthropic work in Afghanistan, are quickly accumulating. 60 Minutes ran a segment alleging that parts of the book (including a scene in which the writer is kidnapped by the Taliban) are fabricated, and that the author mishandled funds. Jon Krakauer has written an 89-page article (title: “Three Cups of Deceit”) attacking the book. MobyLives calls Mortenson’s defenses of his behavior “insane.” The Christian Science Monitor wonders if publishers are to blame, while NPR ponders the “murky waters of memories.” Laura Miller, on the other hand, explains why this isn’t the scandal critics are making it out to be.
A Visit From the Goon Squad,
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