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Five Writers Who (Almost) Got Away With Lying

Laura Albert's creation of JT LeRoy wasn't the only hoax pulled by a writer.
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Behind the Legend of JT Leroy

United States / Seattle : Slog

The media called JT Leroy a hoax, a federal court called JT Leroy a fraud, but Laura Albert, who wrote the fictions published under JT Leroy's name, doesn't use those words. They're not the right words, she says. She uses "avatar." ...

The Writer Once Known As JT Leroy Lives To Tell Another Story--Her Own

Pop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

The meta-narrative that Laura Albert crafted when she posed as JT LeRoy, a former teen sex worker-turned-celebrated author and eventual celebrity, was as riveting as her books. If you paid attention during LeRoy’s heyday in the earl...

The Ballad of J. T. Laura

Academics / Literature : Literary Kicks

I never understood why anyone called Laura Albert a fake writer. When she invented J. T. LeRoy, she formed the basis of an enduring emotional and artistic chemistry with a wide variety of readers. Isn't this what a real writer is su...

INTERVIEW: Meet JT LeRoy (aka Laura Albert) the Author Behind “the Greatest Literary Hoax of the 21st Century”

Society & Culture / LGBT : Unicorn Booty

INTERVIEW: Meet JT LeRoy (aka Laura Albert) the Author Behind “the Greatest Literary Hoax of the 21st Century” In 1999, a 19-year-old, homeless, transgender, HIV-positive, former truck stop sex worker wrote two books that rocked the...

JT Leroy, Laura Albert, and How a Lie Can Reveal a Bigger Truth (With an Aside About the Creator of Deadwood)

United States / Seattle : Slog

The other night, I went to the JT Leroy interview/event at Hugo House, hosted by Christopher Frizzelle. I've never been knocked out by Leroy's writing the way other people have, but left with a new appreciation for the writer (or wr...

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