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The Notorious James Frey Returning to Oprah

The last time James Frey appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show it was to receive a public spanking for passing off his largely fictional tome A Million Little Pieces as a memoir. That was 2006, and Frey has had some time to recover.

He also has a new book to plug, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, an admittedly fictional novel about a re-imagined Jesus Christ living in modern times. Frey seems to have embraced controversy as his ticket back to the best seller list — his version of Christ is a bed-hopping, bisexual troublemaker.

So why is Oprah having the disgraced author back on her show? An unnamed source tells the New York Post:

Oprah apologized to James a couple of years ago, and he appreciated it. So he agreed to go back on her show and talk about everything that’s happened over the last five years.

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Radar Founder Maer Roshan Starts New Website for Recovering Addicts

James Frey, peddler of that fake addiction memoir A Million Little Pieces, was on to something: there is a lot of money in addiction. It’s a veritable cash cow.

That seems to be what Radar magazine founder Maer Roshan has in mind with the launch of his new site for recovering addicts, TheFix.com, a Web site that combines feature writing, news, video and, as the New York Times puts it, “Zagat-like reviews of rehab facilities.”

I mean, it’s tough not to look at this a little cynically because the addicted are such a vulnerable population, clearly open to exploitation. Roshan himself spent time in alcohol abuse recovery, where he discovered that the in-recovery community is “large and eager to spend.”

“We’re certainly not looking for any kind of Victorian freak show element,” said Joe Schrank, a co-founder of TheFix.com. That’s reassuring, we guess.

At the very least Roshan doesn’t mince words about his belief in the financial viability of his venture: “They’re people who have lots of new disposable income because they’re not spending it on crack or Absolut,” he said. Unlike the rest of us.

Everybody Wants to be a Blogger!

custom_1228920503916_photo.jpgGalley Cat got wind of this earlier and they were right. Oprah‘s not-so-favorite author James Frey is interning today over at Gawker. Not clear yet why Frey chose right now to make his Gawker debut as Galley Cat points out the paperback of his most recent book Bright Shiny Morning isn’t due out till next year. But perhaps with the publishing industry in its current tattered state Frey has concluded that the future of books is in blogging!

Frey Goes Arty: ‘The Idea Was To Do A Cool Book That Would Piss People Off’

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James Frey (right) and Terry Richardson grin at the prospect of ticking folks off at their book talk.

Controversy-friendly author James Frey and photographer Terry Richardson don’t much believe in rules, so the two intentional outsiders teaming up on a book/photo project makes a sort of sense. For those who don’t know that Frey is co-partner of Half Gallery with Andy Spade and Bill Powers, the move may surprise, but for the writer himself, it was just a matter of time.

“I’m much more part of the art world than I am the literary world,” Frey said before the duo’s Thursday night talk at Manhattan’s Strand Bookstore. “I wanted to make a cool, sort of radical, fun art book. I have no interest in being called a memoirist. I’m a writer.”

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James Frey: New Book, Same Fraught Relationship With Honesty

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Ahead of his new novel’s summer release, recovery community persona non grata — or is that exonerated mag-world feature-bait — James Frey is the subject of Evgenia Peretz‘s latest Vanity Fair profile opus in the mag’s June issue. Bookish bro GalleyCat politely implies that Frey’s claim of not doing any further media is about as sound as Jay-Z saying he’s doing just this one last tour/album/impromptu club date.

Amid the 7,000+ words Monday-morning quarterbacking how Frey’s A Million Little Pieces was intended by the author only as a semi-memoir yet was billed by his publisher as memoir gospel to the heartbreak of Oprah and actual addicts everywhere, causing it to blow up into, well, you know, this part struck us:

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Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer: Inga Muscio Speaks

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Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer has been living la vida fake for the last 10 years, according to one-time pal, author Inga Muscio who got the bad news from her agent Faye Bender. She writes:

The weekend before last, Faye called me. She said, “Inga, I need you to sit down.” This is when I found out that Peggy’s entire life for the past decade is a lie. This elaborately constructed life/lie was in place long, long before Peggy ever gave me her writing. As far as I know, her daughter and baby-daddy also believe this life/lie. Everyone who has met her for the past ten years knows her to be the person she describes in the book.

Allegedly Seltzer spun the tale of being a member of the Quinault tribe, via her “bio-dad” and got checks. Hmmm–fraud investigation brewing? We sure hope so. The Quinault number about 2500 on their tribal rolls.

Muscio also writes that Seltzer’s editor, Sarah McGrath, took the James Frey incident to heart:

Peggy and I spoke frequently throughout the three years she was working on the book. Not long after the James Frey scandal busted out, she calls me all pissed off. Sarah was “grilling” her about the veracity of her book and Peggy was absolutely indignant.

Muscio answers some more questions from Vanessa Juarez at EW.

Oh, and do read David Mills’ comment on her blog–she’d better send him those stickers.

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Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer

Oprah’s Book Club, Post-Frey | CBS’ ‘Soft’ News | Idol‘s Mean-Streak

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  • Oprah’s Book Club: Returns from one-year hiatus after James Frey debacle. [GalleyCat]
  • CBS News Prez Sean McManus On Evening News With Katie Couric: “We may have started off a little soft.” [B&C]
  • Yahoo and Reuters: BFFs. [Guardian]
  • American Idol Judges, Producers: We’re not meaner this season. [USA Today]
  • Lucrative Sirius, XM Deals: Drying up. [NYP]
  • New York Family: May buy Air America. [WSJ]
  • NYT Writers’ Sources: Sought in Pellicano case. [LAT]