Tuesday, July 31, 2012

You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

Supposedly intelligent people are WAY STUPIDER than anyone may have thought - sure, we've had some doozies, including Kaavya and Liane Membis... but this one takes the cake!

According to the Associated Press, a staff writer for The New Yorker resigned and a book project is now in limbo after he admitted making up quotes which he then attributed to Bob Dylan!

Has the Internet made us too lazy to Google quotes? What?

The disgraced writer, one Jonah Lehrer, issued a statement via his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acknowledging that some Bob Dylan quotes which are included in his book "Imagine" did not exist. He said others were misquotations or combinations of previous quotes. (Wouldn't FABRICATIONS be a "better" word, Mr. Author sir?)

In a prepared statement, the editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, said: “This is a terrifically sad situation, but, in the end, what is most important is the integrity of what we publish and what we stand for.”

The publisher branded Lehrer's actions a "serious misuse." Listings for the e-book edition of "Imagine" are being removed as I type. Shipments of the printed book copies have been stopped. (Do I smell "collector's item" here?)
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