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On the Road with Laura Albert & Alan Feuer

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Laura Albert, JT LeRoy’s mom, creator, alter-ego, alias, drives down the coast with Alan Feuer, her NY Times enabler. (Sorry, but that’s what he is.) It takes her nearly as long to get out the door as to drive from SF to LA, but thankfully Ms. Albert didn’t take the wheel.

Idle thought: why didn’t she get into the LeRoy drag and hang around some truck stops on the way?

The piece ends pretty abruptly as did the excursion, the greater purpose of which seems to have been to glom on to David Milch, the Deadwood creator who had been something of a mentor to Albert. Feuer writes:

After small talk had determined the reporter was indeed a human being, a request was made to turn the tape recorder off–at which point the interview became an intervention.

Mr. Milch was stern.

Shut your mouth, he told Ms. Albert. Quit this sick behavior. Disengage. Forget the press. Go home. Be still. Get healthy. Raise your child. And pray that you can write.

He then reached in his pocket and gave Ms. Albert five crisp hundred-dollar bills.

That’s not an intervention, that’s good advice. Did the NY Times finance this little stunt? Is Feuer in love with his subject?

GalleyCat has been following Feuer’s coverage of Albert, and has a more literary view. Hollywood is a far tougher town than New York.

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Laura Albert Takes the Stand/Mystery Doc. Maker Revealed

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JT Leroy’s creator/channeler Laura Albert may have made a fatal error of judgment (besides the obvious ones). She’s being sued for fraud by a film company that bought the rights to Leroy’s book, Sarah. The Washington Post quotes Marjorie Sturm, a San Francisco-based poet/musician/filmmaker (complete with Noam Chomsky as a MySpace friend) who actually caught the implications of Albert’s recent testimony:

I was wondering if Laura would show up and say, ‘I couldn’t tell the difference between JT and me. But that’s not what she’s saying. She’s saying, ‘I was in complete control.’

According to Stephen Beachy who broke this story,

She (Sturm) had been hired by JT at some point to make a documentary, but they killed it when they realized that Savannah Knoop, who played JT in public, would be recognized. Marjorie has all of this footage from early on, and she’s interviewed everyone involved with the story, with the exception of Laura.

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Times Issues Jared Paul Stern Correction; Jared Paul Stern Issues Memo To Times

jps_times_correction_sm.jpgFrom today’s TimesCorrections“:

An article on Sunday about some of the more captivating events in the New York region in 2006 referred incorrectly to a federal investigation of Jared Paul Stern, a former contributor to the Page Six section of The New York Post whom Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate, has accused of an extortion attempt. The investigation came to light when it was reported by The Post; it was not announced by federal authorities. In addition, allegations that Mr. Stern had been caught on video demanding a $100,000 payment, as well as monthly stipends, for keeping negative accounts of Mr. Burkle from the press were made by Mr. Burkle, not by federal authorities.

Jared Paul Stern’s original memo (Dec. 31) obtained by FishbowlNY:

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    jps_times_correction_sm.jpgFrom today’s TimesCorrections“:

    An article on Sunday about some of the more captivating events in the New York region in 2006 referred incorrectly to a federal investigation of Jared Paul Stern, a former contributor to the Page Six section of The New York Post whom Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate, has accused of an extortion attempt. The investigation came to light when it was reported by The Post; it was not announced by federal authorities. In addition, allegations that Mr. Stern had been caught on video demanding a $100,000 payment, as well as monthly stipends, for keeping negative accounts of Mr. Burkle from the press were made by Mr. Burkle, not by federal authorities.

    Jared Paul Stern’s original memo (Dec. 31) obtained by FishbowlNY:

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      From: Jared Paul Stern
      To: NYTimes
      CC: Bill Keller, Barney Calame
      Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 15:16:20 EST
      Subject: Retraction / Apology Needed

      Gentlemen: Alan Feuer‘s story today, “A Trapped Cat, a Fleeing Bull and a Few Human Tragedies, Too” contains some gross inaccuracies in the section regarding me, “A Gossip, More Idle.”

      Let me address each false statement in turn:

      1. A much more common ailment — avarice — was in the news in April when federal authorities announced they were investigating Jared Paul Stern, a gossip broker and longtime contributor to the Page Six scandal section of The New York Post.

      Federal authorities have announced no such thing. No authorities or officials of any kind have ever commented on nor confirmed anything regarding an alleged investigation whatsoever. This has been noted previously in published reports.

      2. No charges have been filed in the case, in which investigators say that Mr. Stern tried to blackmail Ronald W. Burkle, the supermarket magnate.

      Again, “investigators” have said no such thing, and this statement is libelous. In addition, there is no “case” whatsoever and it is false to state that there is.

      3. They say Mr. Stern was in fact caught on video demanding a $100,000 payment, as well as monthly stipends, for keeping negative accounts of Mr. Burkle from appearing in the Post.

      See # 1 & 2. The only person who has made any such allegations is Burkle himself.

      4. Not too long ago, it was reported that Mr. Stern (who denies the charges) received a book deal for his inside-the-fence account of the celebrity gossip world tentatively titled, “Stern Measures.”

      In #2 above, you state that “no charges have been filed.” How then can I “den[y] the charges”? You have already stated there aren’t any. What I deny, and intend to seek legal redress for, are Burkle’s accusations and defamatory conduct, as well as derogatory articles such as this.

      I have notified you in the past of demonstrably false and misleading statements in the unending series of articles you’ve seen fit to devote to Burkle’s smear campaign. That includes emails to the Times reporters and editors involved, as well as Mr. Calame in May and October, and Senior Editor Greg Brock in October. You have issued various corrections along the way, including the one on April 11th regarding the false statment that I was “cooperating” with an investigation, though many other such reckless, malicious and innacurate statements have gone uncorrected. No doubt that has contributed to the injuriously false impression of events which even your own reporters have formed, to say nothing of your readers.

      Please inform me as soon as possible what measures you intend to take to remedy this situation.

      Sincerely,
      Jared Paul Stern

      cc: Joseph Tacopina, esq.

      Note: Nothing stated herein is intended as, nor should it be deemed to constitute, a waiver or relinquishment of any legal or equitable rights or remedies, all of which are hereby expressly reserved.

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