Be Careful What You Say About Yourself
'Faction' is OK for Books and Movies, Not Résumés or Bios
Jan. 17, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 4
IN THE NEWS
"Munich" massacres history
The only true part of the story is the few minutes spent on the actual massacre. The rest is invention, as Spielberg delicately puts it in the opening credits, "inspired by real events."
—Charles Krauthammer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 16, 2006
Frey defends 'essential truths' of memoir
Embattled author James Frey defended his best-selling memoir on Larry King's CNN talk show Wednesday, saying while he may have embellished some of his past in A Million Little Pieces, he stood by the "essential truths" of the book. And in a last-minute telephone call to the show, Oprah Winfrey, who made the memoir her book-club pick for October, proclaimed her support for Frey for the first time since the book came under fire this week.
—Gary Strauss and Carol Memmott, USAToday, Jan. 12, 2006
My wife, Peggy, and I saw Spielberg's "Munich" and didn't particularly like it. Not only did we find it talky, but also the first assassination targets were a couple of benign, chubby old men who were not involved in the massacre itself and no explanation was forthcoming about why these avuncular gentlemen were taken out.
In fact, as Charles Krauthammer and others have pointed out, much of the film is fiction.
One of my three favorite films is "Yankee Doodle Dandy," the 1942 musical masterpiece about the life of playwright-composer-performer George M. Cohan, starring James Cagney and directed by Michael Curtiz.
Throughout the film, Cohan's marriage to "Mary" was depicted as a model of marital bliss. Actually, his first wife's name was Ethel, and in real life she divorced Cohan on grounds of adultery in 1907.
Am I bent out of shape over a fictionalized life of Cohan? Nah. I must have seen it 40 times and will watch every time it comes on television.