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James Frey: Another book, another scandal?

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Okay, bear with me here, as I post a blog entry about a blog entry that contains yet another blog entry. It’s really not that complicated if you focus:

Just wanted to give Gawker mad props for their realization this morning that the first paragraph of James Frey’s new book as posted on his website is almost identical to Wikipedia’s definition of the founding of Los Angeles.

That’s right: They just accused Frey of ripping off Wikipedia.

(It is also worth noting, if you follow those links up there, that since the paragraph first appeared on Gawker this morning, Frey has removed the word “mulatto.”)

In all seriousness, I can’t help but think one of the commentors over on that other site has the right idea: Anyone can edit Wikipedia. Couldn’t this just be a publicity stunt? Is Frey just doing this to mess with us, or is he really that clueless? Oh, postmodernism! How your meta ways befuddle me!