Tuesday, December 16, 2008

James Frey to write "third book of the Bible".

No, that's not a headline from The Onion. According to the Guardian UK, James Frey's next adventure into not-memoir will be a fictitious third book of the Bible.

Alrighty, then.

22 comments:

pauljessup said...

Why are publishers still giving him money? I mean, really? I read his "fiction" and his "non fiction". He's not very good. Thankfully, those books were the libraries and I wasted no monies on the crazy bastard.

And is it just me, or does he look like he should be on an 80's sitcom? Like Growing Pains or something.

Heidi the Hick said...

I don't mean to get hung up on details, but his terminology kind of irks me. Third book of the Bible? Wouldn't that be Leviticus? Or third book of the new testament would be Luke. Maybe he should be claiming to write a third Testament.

I'm not going to get all screwed up over what he gets to write or not write. Ultimately the readers decide if it's good or not, don't we? and getting into a debate on the origins of the existing Bible is really tiring.

It's just... the ego.... wow. Dude's got guts but I don't know if that's a good thing.

KERRY ALLEN said...

Even if they meant the third testament, don't the Mormons have a monopoly on that?

Those poor Mormons. Abused at every turn.

Melodye said...

The "third book of the Bible"?

"The Final Testament"??

Bless his heart. At least he's not calling it non-fiction.

Jeanie W said...

One thing you couldn't accuse Mr. Frey of is cowardice.

Scobberlotcher said...

Just when I thought I couldn't be surprised.

Ryan Field said...

I guess this means I'd better start reading the first two.

AC said...

Ugh, I'm with Heidi. James Frey can't even get basic Biblical terminology right. Yeesh, this guy fails at life.

He doesn't fail at making money, though. Now that we're all bored with his former goofups, what's likely to stir up some more good ol' media-bait controversy than a fake book/testament/whatever of the Bible?

Alan DeNiro said...

Maybe he meant the Bartender's Bible?

Sharon Gerlach said...

I'd actually read the Bartender's Bible. A fictional third book of the bible? Not so much.

Deaf Brown Trash Punk said...

now that's just silly.

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Rachel Hawkins said...

You know how George Sr. on Arrested Development used to say "you don't give crazy a baby"? Well, I kind of think you don't give crazy a book deal. And yet...

katatomic said...

There's no way it could ever be better than "LAMB: the Gosple according to Biff." I think I'll skip it in favor of re-reading Eye of Argon and hurting myself.

Jeff said...

Oh.




JOY!

Stimpy got another book deal!

Justus M. Bowman said...

This makes me want to grab an old version of the Bible and lock it in a safe for future generations.

The Year 2300 AD: "Is it not written in the Frey Testament that 'Jesus was gay, gay, gay'?"

Julie Butcher-Fedynich said...

James Frey's next adventure into not-memoir will be a fictitious third book of the Bible.

Alrighty, then.

Did you mean Almighty, men?

JL Riffe said...

I suppose everyone is entitled to write whatever they want...though I submit that it doesn't mean it deserves to be read.

In the interest of saving trees, perhaps his work should be Print-on-demand.

Twisted said...

Please tell me that with his lying reputation and horrid bomb of a last book that he doesn't still have an agent. Then I will believe there is a God.

Andrew Wheeler said...

I've never really understood the hatred for Frey, who I've always thought of as just another memoir writer who was unlucky enough to be carefully fact-checked. (Seriously: everything in the memoir section is precisely as true as A Million Little Pieces. No more, no less. Check out D*ve P*lz*r some day.)

And Frey does sell books: even his new novel, which was supposedly so disappointing, has sold nearly 70,000 copies in hardcover.

And anyone who thinks their particular definition of "good" and "not good" should be the sole criterion for getting publishing is intensely delusional.

I won't read this new book, but then I've never read any of Frey's books. And there are many worse books in the world.

Marva said...

The third book is the Apocrypha. Should be added to the rest of the mythology for completeness. Oh, yeah! Don't forget the Book of Mary Magdalene.

Tiresome to the max.

clindsay said...

Andrew -

I actually liked Million Little Pieces. Regardless of whether it was a true story, it was a good book.

C-

Grant said...

Writing extra books of the Bible. Nobody's thought of that before. Oh, except:
Norman Mailer, The gospel according to the son

C. K. Stead, My name was Judas

Jeffrey Archer, The gospel according to Judas

That's just from the top of my head. No doubt people can think of more. Makes you wonder if there should be a whole area for new gospels in the bookstore.