James Frey’s book, A Million Little Pieces, made it big when Oprah Winfrey added it to her book club. It turns out that key elements of the autobiography were exaggerated or flat out untrue. Yet Oprah is standing by her author, saying that the details don’t matter. Apparently what counts is the powerful narrative’s ability to inspire people.
How postmodern: What counts is not the veracity or intent of the author, but the reaction of the reader (even if it is based on a lie). You have to wonder what details have been doctored in Oprah’s many personal stories.