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Richard Rushfield: Memoirs in the Time of Facebook

n526179185_1629002_3546.jpg Gawker editor and memoirist, Richard Rushfield’s book “Don’t Follow Me I’m Lost” debuted last month and apparently having hundreds of eye witnesses being about to track you down with little to no skill has its charms.

He writes at Daily Beast:

Perhaps the hardest thing about writing a memoir, I found, are the worries about how the other people in it will respond to their portrayals. But all attempts to create nuanced portraits, to turn individuals into composites, to mask identities to soften the worst moments become all the harder when one feels the cast of characters is collectively looking over your Facebook shoulder.

Has anyone called for a correction? Rushfield tells FBLA, “No one has demanded a correction but a few have pointed out things they remember differently…for instance one character who has a notable scene putting a ton of sugar in his coffee swears he never used that much sugar. My memory differs. Another claims my chronology is off and I got events in the wrong order.”

Sigh. Yeah, he’s no Sarah Palin.

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