Congratulations to Steve Huff, who seems to have uncovered a small Margaret Jones/Peggy Seltzer motherlode: a journal begun by the author of Love or Consequences in 2004, then abandoned until she posted one entry in early 2005...the very timeframe when she signed her contract with Riverhead Books.
It goes back to my original question: Were any actual black people involved in the publication of this book?
It's more relevant than ever -- because the Jones/Seltzer diary of 2004 has all the black-street versimilitude of one of those 17-year-old white kids who pull up next to you at a stoplight in their mother's Toyota Prius, blasting Pimp-C out the windows. Only this "kid" was a white woman in her late twenties, who was about to launch an easily disprovable hoax that would ultimately fool a prominent New York publisher and The New York Times itself:
some people would be suprised to find out where and how i grew up. the fact is who i am bekomes exceedingly unimportant. what does matter is what i kan bring to the table....
im jus a gurl...a simple one at that. i was a soldier once, but i think i am semi-retired now. dont doubt that i am doing my work still, only what that work is has changed and as someone told me once, "u are not a soldier unless u are in a war". these days im enjoyin my peace, fillin my head an hopin an pushin toward big things.
Edukation. im not talkin that white washed BS, but truth. we all need to fill our heads with something other than what is shoved at us and oviousally not workin. we need to start understandin the struggle that we are left in and how it has evolved so we understand what we do and why.
Even more weird: it seems that in 2001, Margaret Jones/Peggy Seltzer, who at that time was using the AOL handle "blastedagronaut," was involved in the effort to free the eco-saboteur Jeffrey "Free" Luers, who was convicted in 2000 of torching three SUVs in Jones/Seltzer's adopted hometown of Eugene, Ore.
In a bulletin dated Aug. 2001, A-Infos, a news website for self-described anarchists, lists Jones/Seltzer's email address as a contact in the effort to reduce or commute Luers' sentence:
I'd suggest that anyone trying to get to the truth of who Margaret Jones/Peggy Seltzer may really be might want to stop concentrating on South Central L.A. and the private schools of the San Fernando Valley...and start checking around the eco-communities of Eugene, Ore.