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The Fabulist: A Novel – Stephen Glass

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All I know about this guy is he’s a confessed liar who writes for the “Even the Liberal” The New Republic. Correction, wrote for. Correction and reverting back to the original. He lied for The New Republic. People are upset that he gets a second chance in life. I guess in so far as some people don’t get a first I’d agree. At the same time – at least he’s moved into what he knows best. Fiction. The customer reviewers art Amazon REALLY liked it.

Except the Washington Post panned it under the brilliant headline: Stephen Glass’s novel, More Than Half Empty.

Yet “The Fabulist” is not much of a novel, in any sense of the phrase. For starters, its plot is not the stuff of fiction: It is the barely adorned saga of a fledgling Washington reporter’s misadventures with the truth and the protracted fallout from the discovery of his misdeeds. The reporter in question is still named Stephen Glass, but here he works for a publication called the Washington Weekly, a thinly fictionalized version of the New Republic.

Where the real Stephen Glass managed to perpetrate some semi-plausible inventions as fact, the Stephen Glass of “The Fabulist” specializes in thuddingly broad characterizations of persons and events that would only get by the world’s most oafish editors

The National Review, uh review:

What to do with my copy of Stephen Glass’s novel.

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 has a great opening line: “It was a pleasure to burn.”

Don’t mess with the Rayman.

Evalu8 offers an extra tidbit and says:

With an estimated 55,000 copies to be released in the United States, and an unconfirmed number in Canada, Simon & Schuster will likely capitalize on any publicity for a movie from Lions Gate Entertainment about Glass due in cinemas this fall. Shattered Glass was filmed in Montreal and stars Hayden Christensen, the young Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace. The director, Billy Ray, calls it “a cautionary tale — a story about the difference between being a good reporter and being a hot one.” The film was made without any input from Glass.

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Always been a writer, always maintained an interest in politics, how people communicate and fantasy worlds within photography and books. Previously wrote for Blogcritics back in 2005 and interested in exploring the issues and topics I'm interested - the changing landscape of entertainment. all from the POV of a creator first, consumer, second.
  • nicole

    Id think that stephen glass’s novel “the fabulist” is just another lie. from the all white cover to the minipulating text its just another sorry attempt to minipulate people to what he wants. people like stephen glass can only be brought out of power if everyone stands together and catches them in there lies. don’t read the book because you too may fall victum.

  • Xeno

    One correction, Hayden Christensen played Anikan in Episode II–The attack of the clones. Not episode one.

    To anyone who wants to read The Fabulist. Go ahead. Literature is literature, even if it comes out of the mouths of Satan.

  • Jamezzzz

    I applaud any man who can look beyond all the abvious criticisms from the global peanut gallery and go on to capitalize on his own moral inequitude. Besides his essays don’t come close to the CIA for pure creativity.

  • http://www.templestark.com/blog Temple Stark

    Man, I wonder how his book did, anyway? I’ll have to go look.

    Thanks for comment.

  • Douglas

    I just bought this book, it’s not that bad, sure it’s kinda annoying to wonder if any of it’s true, but it’s not that bad. The movie they did on Stephen Glass was amazing though, in this case, the movie was better than the book he wrote on his own life…

  • Kai

    ALthough what Glass did is unforgivable, fiction is fiction. As long as he’s not trying to pawn off this latest work as a “True Story” or a “based on”, does it really matter if it’s a good read???