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March 06, 2008

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Thanks for the mention, Kevin. I'm virtually certain "blastedagronaut" is her, where ever you find that screen name. I couldn't really fit that into what I wrote for Radar, but not for lack of trying.

Damned hard story to ignore, ain't it?

Steve Huff

Don't know why my name didn't print above, but that comment was from me, Kevin. Once again, I appreciate the nod!

Steve Huff

Lyn LeJeune

Well, the author is simply a liar, but the whole issue is really how the publishing "industry" works, and now the agents, et al are claiming they were duped. How much were they blinded by their own need for fame and fortune and rejecting other very good writers? They seemed to have spent so much time on this one book and what they would get out of it (money????Oprah time?) they were blinded by the truth. I was even suspicious when I read the articles in the NYT - sometimes things just don't ring true and the reader sees that. Perhaps agents/publishers should let a few seasoned readers help them out - kind of like a focus reading group!
Lyn LeJeune-Rebuilding the public libraries of New Orleans at www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com. All royalties from the sale of The Beatitdues (fiction!!) goes to NOLA libraries.

Esther

This whole story is just so amazing yet so predictable. It seems to happen time and time again. You'd think a major publishing house would be able to vet these things before they found their way into print. The sad thing is, there are probably real people out there with authentic stories who will never get heard. What gave this woman the right to steal someone else's life experience, one she didn't live, and pawn it off as her own? How incredibly arrogant.

ExpatJane

There are so many twists and turns in this Seltzer story that I'm starting to get motion sick.

Interesting angle with this "blastedagronaut" handle. However, I'm only pulling up a couple of results when I search for it.

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