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Just WordsLillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy, and the Failure of Public Conversation in America$
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Alan Ackerman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167122

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167122.001.0001

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(p.293) Conclusion
Just Words

Alan Ackerman

Yale University Press

This chapter presents concluding remarks on defamation. It discusses the story of James Frey, the self-described drug addict, alcoholic, and criminal, and author of a controversial memoir entitled A Million Little Pieces, who appeared on CNN's Larry King Live to defend his veracity. Frey appeared on the show after The Smoking Gun website alleged that he manipulated details of his life to render himself more compelling as a “tragic victim” and to sweeten the “melodramatic narrative.” The chapter also discusses a story taken from the central chapter of An Unfinished Woman, which focuses on a tragicomic episode known as “the trouble,” which involves the “transshipment of a Russian prostitute.” It also argues that objectivity is something people share by balancing viewpoints, not something pure and independent which they come upon in isolation.

Keywords:   defamation, drug addict, criminal, objectivity, isolation

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