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Movies on the News: James Frey’s Half-Native Kin

“In Love and Consequences, a critically-acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods. The problem is that none of it is true.  Margaret B. Jones is a pseudonym for Margaret Seltzer, who is all white and grew up in the well-to-do Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley, with her biological family.  Riverhead Books…is recalling all copies of the book and has canceled Ms. Seltzer’s book tour.” — Motoko Rich, The New York Times

“Our ability to manufacture fraud now exceeds our ability to detect it.” — Viktor, S1m0ne (2002)

“I always thought it’d be better to be a fake somebody…than a real nobody.” – Tom Ripley, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

“It’s just there’s so many fake crips on the streets today, a real crip ain’t got a chance.” — Crutchy, Newsies (1992)

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