Objective truth versus ‘emotional truth’

The astonishing story of James Frey seems like a fable for our times. His memoir of drug and alcohol abuse followed by redemption, A Million Little Pieces, was a smash hit in the US after he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show last October. It has now sold 4 million copies. An essential part of the account was his being charged with assaulting an Ohio police officer with his car, with inciting a riot, with possession of crack cocaine and felony drunk driving, charges which resulted in a three-month prison term.

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