Sunday, January 15, 2012


James Frey
There’s no wondering how James Frey made this list, though we give him the title of “bad boy” quite a bit less lovingly than we give it to some of the others here — maybe because we actually have to live through him. First causing a scandal when his acclaimed autobiography of addiction,A Million Little Pieces, turned out to be untrue, and then fighting with Oprah about it, Frey more recently founded an exploitative publishing company called “Full Fathom Five,” which New YorkMagazine called “Frey’s Fiction Factory.” He’s also extremely abrasive in interviews and public speech, to the point of being alarming — but who knows, perhaps one day history will laud him as one of the great game-changers. Let us know.

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