Sunday, March 9, 2008

Required Reading

I spoke of wanting to write my own false memoir, but this thoughtful opinion piece by Daniel Mendelsohn has talked me out of it.
That pervasive blurriness, the casualness about reality that results when you can turn off entire worlds simply by unsubscribing, changing a screen name, or closing your laptop, is what ups the cultural ante just now. It’s not that frauds haven’t been perpetrated before; what’s worrisome is that, maybe for the first time, the question people are raising isn’t whether the amazing story is true, but whether it matters if it’s true.

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