Friday, September 21, 2012


In 2005, The Believer magazine paired a fact-checker with a contributing writer working on a piece. Seven years later some version of their epic, contentious back and forth—first about facts, then about the genre of non-fiction and finally about the nature of truth itself—is a book. Earlier this year, essayist John D’Agata and erstwhile fact-checker Jim Fingal spoke with Brooke about The Lifespan of a Fact.

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John D'Agata and Jim Fingal

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [1]

nicole from Washington, DC

Hi guys,

This book troubles me. What is somewhat disappointing about the book is that it is apparently some kind of meta commentary on the nature of fact checking. The book itself, while publicized as nonfiction, is actually fiction. I really wish you had probed the authors on this a little more. You read the blurb on the book and you think they went back and forth for 7 years. Apparently not true. Brook did allude to the "fact" that the book is a "super-imposed conversation" over their original fact checking conversation.

But really it is mostly made up. So I guess the irony is lost on me.

Sep. 26 2012 10:25 AM

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