Past Imperfect (On the Media, WNYC)

Several days ago, it was revealed that James Frey’s booze-and-drug-fueled memoir A Million Little Pieces was not, strictly speaking, based on truth. Frey took to the airwaves to defend his bestseller, and a frenzied press debated what, exactly, readers should expect from a memoir. Brooke discusses the uproar with Andrew Goldberg, managing editor of the website that broke the story, and with New York Sun book critic Adam Kirsch.

(Media player required if you want to hear the story. The transcript should be available by Tuesday).