The Almighty Letter
—John J. Flieder
Letters to the Editor
Note: Denny personally replies to all correspondence.
Readers respond to "Be Careful What You Say About Yourself," which was published Jan. 17, 2006:
I had to comment on your Jan. 17, 2006, newsletter about James Frey. I was very curious to find out what James himself had to say about The Smoking Gun's claims. I found out that his Web site is private, for "members only." Luckily, Google can sometimes bypass such security. A quick use of the Google "site" command revealed the following page: http://tinyurl.com/cdzxx.
It appears that Frey is sticking by his story! I'm not sure if that is bold or if he has lied so many times, he has convinced himself that it's the truth.
Don't you wonder what all the noise from The Smoking Gun did to boost James Frey's book sales? Sounds like it could have been a great PR move.
Regarding your reactions to "Munich": To state that these old gentlemen were not directly involved in the massacres misses the point completely. They were the masters of the plot and were deemed as guilty as the actual hit men. The real dilemma of this story is, does a nation have the right to pursue and kill known perpetrators or bring them to justice, as Israel did with Adolph Eichmann?
—Asher B. Abelow
I just wanted to say I agree completely with your thoughts on James Frey. Much ado about nothing! I could not believe it when I read that Random House was giving refunds. As you said, Mr. Frey can write what he wants about his life and embellish all he wants. As long as the end result is that it helped people, what's the big deal?