By Michael Slezak
Updated September 18, 2006 at 10:48 PM EDT

I’ve got two words for James Frey, disgraced author of A Million Little Pieces, and they should be delivered in the fashion made famous by Dianne Wiest in Bullets Over Broadway: “Don’t speak!”

You see, Frey’s wisely stayed in the shadows since getting flogged by Oprah Winfrey in the town square for fabricating portions of his best-selling memoir. But breaking his silence in an interview in Friday’s Guardian, Frey shows he’s still in desperate need of introspection — and an ego check.

On one hand, the guy claims he wants to be included in the same breath as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Kerouac, and yet at the same time, expresses surprise that anyone would have made a big deal of his lies. “I just never thought that I was that big a target. I never thought that I would garner that much attention, that I was that big a deal.” Worst of all, Frey seems all too willing to shift the blame off himself, and amazingly, place it on the American people who felt duped by him. “I think a lot of it had to do with what was happening and is still happening in our country, y’know?” he says of the outrage that accompanied his downfall. “People feel frustrated by a lot of distortions by politicians, by members of the media, by movie stars, by tabloid journalists, and it was like a sorta confluence of events that I happened to be in the middle of.”

Um, what-ever.