npr discusses memoirs and free reads
NPR this morning discussed the fake memoir and the online previews of books. The acclaimed but fake memoir of Margaret B. Jones aka Peggy Seltzer came under attack by writers who actually did live the gang life. Needless to say, the writers feel disrespected by Seltzer’s attempt to profit off of their lives. But more importantly, Seltzer was successful because so much of the publishing white elites are unfamiliar with the gang culture experience that the “scroll of cliches” did not register.