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Posts Tagged ‘Mimi Read’

Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer: Foundation a Fake, But What About Her Tattoo?

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Kevin Allman points out that the NYT decides that checking the facts is a good idea:

If we can’t find ways to check key facts, names, graduation claims, etc., we should hold the story until we can verify them, and if we can’t, we should be suspicious. Live and learn…

Ah, remember the good old days?

Radar has Steve Huff’s major scoop: the HomeGirl Hosejob AOL journal:

im jus a gurl…a simple one at that. i was a soldier once, but i think i am semi-retired now. dont doubt that i am doing my work still, only what that work is has changed and as someone told me once, “u are not a soldier unless u are in a war”. these days im enjoyin my peace, fillin my head an hopin an pushin toward big things.

Edukation. im not talkin that white washed BS, but truth. we all need to fill our heads with something other than what is shoved at us and oviousally not workin. we need to start understandin the struggle that we are left in and how it has evolved so we understand what we do and why.

And of course, the MySpace page. (You didn’t think she was on Facebook, did you?) Seltzer describes herself:

I am a mother, an aunty, a godmother, a participant in the gang truce process, a loyal friend to those within my circle, someone’s future wife;)and one of the best cooks you could ever meet

Is the cookbook thing dead then? Is that why Mimi Read got the NYT assignment–she knows neckbones?

Agent Faye Bender helped Seltzer set up some phony foundation. Our agent doesn’t even take our calls.

Susan Salter Reynolds feels sorry for Seltzer. The LAT has gotten two columns and an editorial out of this, but why we have’t we heard from Erin Aubrey Kaplan? If there was ever a time for some black outrage, this is it, folks.

And here’s a local question–how did a nice girl from Sherman Oaks meet MaddRonald Chatman? And wow! Inga Muscio thanks him as well. Unless of course, she means Ronald Chatman, headmaster of the St. Timothy’s Episcopal Day School in Compton. Are there a lot of Episcopalians in the Rollin 20s?

Robert Pho is considered the master of the pitbull tattoo.

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Margaret B Jones, Margaret Seltzer, Peggy –Aw to Hell With It!

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Motoko Rich owns the Peggy Seltzer story, and don’t even think of nabbing a tiny bit of it.

Rich writes about the deep thinking that went on at Riverhead. They all knew about the author’s various names:

Ms. Seltzer told her editor and her publisher that she wanted to use the pseudonym because it was the name she was known by in the gang world and because she was trying to reconnect with her birth mother and felt that using her real name would complicate this effort.

And you know what those gangbanger book clubs are like! Publishing windfall.

Sarah McGrath was snowed by a letter of recommendation:

(She)…had provided what she said were photographs of her foster siblings, a letter from a gang leader corroborating her story and had introduced her agent, Faye Bender, to a person who claimed to be a foster sister.

Was it the Mrs. John L. Strong stationery that impressed her or the elegant turn of phrase?

Poor freelancer Mimi Read–she got stuck with the trip to Eugene and the pit-bull meet up.

Ira Silverberg, JT LeRoy’s agent, chimes in:

It is not an industry capable of checking every last detail.

Silverberg couldn’t check even one detail–the actual existence of his author.

ExPat Jane doesn’t mince her words:

You gotta have Chip or Becky struggling with the gang bangers and crack heads in the ghetto instead of whiling away in the suburbs to make it worth signing.

Yxta Maya Murray is so proud of herself for believing every single word. Oh good grief.

And NPR didn’t air Seltzer’s interview with Michel Martin on Tell Me More. And guess what–she doesn’t sound the same as she did in the Boston interview–she’s also all worried about sounding “racist”. That’s the least of her worries.

She also claims that people in Eugene, Oregon think she looks “ethnic” and approach her in the supermarket. Su-u-u-re they do.

Michael Goldstein explains why writers lie.

White chicks sittin’ around talkin’: Celeste Fremont explains it all to Patt Morrison, who recalls Danny Santiago. Cupcake Brown, call in, please.

Kate Taylor explains why fact checking is so expensive.

GalleyCat has the publishing world covered and he’s our own lil’ homeskillet, yo.