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Mix Tape: My Dystopia Is Better Than Yours

Huxley had the nerve to write Orwell and claim that Brave New World trumped 1984. The John D’Agata fact-checking brouhaha continues. Check out Ned Stuckey-French’s Dear John letter from the AWP lyric essay panel. Granta is launching a one-sentence short story contest.… Continue reading ?

Books: Book Review: John D’Agata, Jim Fingal: The Lifespan Of A Fact

Imagine if the kind of documentary films that avow a complex relationship to the truth were fact-checked. Imagine if F For Fake or My Winnipeg had to square the poetic truth they achieve with factual accuracy, with pop-up bubbles noting any potential inexactitudes or disputes. Show More Summary


Apropos l'affaire D'Agata, I came across this amusing and illuminating bit in John McPhee's paean to fact checkers, Checkpoints, collected in the superb Silk Parachutes (FSG 2010): In "The Third Man," in the immortal Ferris-wheel scene high above postwar Vienna,...

Tuesday New Release Day: Edugyan, D’Agata, Manguso, Ullman, Herbert, Shadid, Baseball

Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, is now out in the U.S. Also new this week are John D’Agata’s much-discussed Lifespan of a Fact, Sarah Manguso’s The Guardians, Ellen Ullman’s By Blood and The Boiling Season by Christopher Herbert, who has an essay up on our site today. The new memoir by [...]

On Productivity, Facts, Etc

J.C. Hallman, whom it seems has just finished writing an awesome book on the Brothers James, turns up a great quote that touches on the whole John D’Agata “I don’t need no stinking facts” thing. This, I think, gets at why we’re still...Show More Summary

The Lifespan of a Silly Argument

4 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : Whatever

I’m reading this New York Times review of The Lifespan of a Fact, an unusual book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal. On each page of the book is a paragraph of an essay D’Agata wrote about the suicide of a Las Vegas teenager; surrounding the paragraph are the queries about the piece by Fingal, [...]

Facts and fables

In this week's NYT book review section, Jennifer B. McDonald offer a fascinating and well-crafted review of what sounds like an interesting book ("In the Details: ‘The Lifespan of a Fact,’ by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal"): Under consideration in this essay is “The Lifespan of a Fact,” which is less a book than a knock-down, drag-out [...]

Book Review Podcast: Fact, Fiction and In Between

4 years agoArts : NYTimes: ArtsBeat

Jennifer B. McDonald talks about "The Lifespan of a Fact," in which the essayist John D'Agata wrestles with a fact checker over questions of truth, beauty and accuracy.

Doubling Down: an interview with John D’Agata and Jim Fingal

I’ve spent plenty of time and energy here already praising The Lifespan of a Fact, the strange and mesmerizing book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, and tempting as it is to keep shouting about the thing, I’ll back off… Continue reading ?

Lifespan of a Fact

Once I discovered John D’Agata’s new book, The Lifespan of a Fact, I had high hopes that he would recant, or at least evolve, his views on fact and fiction and their place in literary essays. I can’t imagine that, given his blithe disregard for facts, D’Agata would have gotten nearly the regard he has so far if not for his clear gifts with prose. Show More Summary

The 6th Floor Blog: Writer vs. Fact-Checker: This Time, It's Personal

4 years agoNews : NYTimes: News

An adaptation from ''The Lifespan of a Fact,'' a book by John D'Agata, a professor of nonfiction at the University of Iowa, and Jim Fingal, a former fact-checker, that deals with the practice of fudging facts in the name of Art.

Riff: The Fact Checker Versus the Fabulist

4 years agoNews : NYTimes: News

What we can learn from the nasty fight between John D’Agata and his zealous researcher.

Some Other Conversations With A Fact-Checker

The publication of The Lifespan of a Fact, which is based on seven years of email exchanges between writer John D'Agata and fact-checker Jim Fingal, has prompted a lot of thoughtful discussion (an excerpt from the book ran in this month's Harper's). Show More Summary

Missing the Point

I’ll admit at the outset to some frustration. I like John D’Agata’s work quite a lot. I liked Halls of Fame, I really liked About a Mountain, I think the two anthologies he’s edited are among the most crucial +… Continue reading ?

The Fact of a Poem

Earlier this week, while there were some interesting—and interestingly broad—reactions to the excerpts from the forthcoming/arriving book The Lifespan of a Fact by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal printed in Harper’s (see here and here by KR Writer’s Workshop’s own… Continue reading ?

The Art of Fact-Checking

Which are more important: true words, or beautiful words? “The Lifespan of a Fact,” a book by John D’Agata, a writer, and Jim Fingal, a former intern and fact-checker at The Believer, purports to explore this question by documentingShow More Summary

Should Essays Be Fact-Checked?

4 years agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

This month, Harper’s Magazine excerpted a portion of The Lifespan of a Fact, a book reproducing email debates between John D’Agata and Believer fact-checker Jim Fingal. As Fingal struggled to fact-check D’Agata’s “What Happens There” essay for The Believer, the author made passionate arguments about the nature of facts in essays. Show More Summary

Lifespan of a Fact

Harper’s serializes a little of John D’Agata’s latest book, Lifespan of a Fact. Though I had some serious reservations about D’Agata’s previous, About a Mountain, that book was nonetheless one of the freshest, most interesting things I’d read in a while, back then I read it. Show More Summary

Matthew Weinkam: The Last Book I Loved, About a Mountain

I often worry about over-hyping books. Nothing ruins a good novel or collection of stories quite as well as a glowing review. So when Nick Flynn calls John D’Agata’s latest book of creative nonfiction, About A Mountain, “utterly amazing” and Ben Marcus raves, “Here is the literary essay raised to the highest form of art,” [...]

John D’Agata and Cesar Aira

Two pieces of mine both went online elsewhere: My review/essay of Cesar Aira’s The Literary Conference at Abu Dhabi’s English-language newspaper The National And about 6,000 words of mine on John D’Agata, centered around his About a Mountain, which I have deeply mixed feelings about

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