VIDEO: The Question of Nonfiction
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Some find the argument that fidelity to fact is the essence of nonfiction, including the memoir, to be an impossible and perhaps uninteresting goal; some, like Seth Greenland, find our culture's inability to agree on the solidity of fact to be a sign of the apocalypse.
Among the recent books on the subject, the one that has caused the most recent hubbub is The Lifespan of a Fact by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal; a couple years ago it was Reality Hunger by David Shields. We have links reviews of these books in the right column.
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Janet Fitch is a Los Angeles native and the author of White Oleander and Paint It Black. Her latest novel is a two-part epic, The Revolution of Marina M. and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral.
Paul Mandelbaum teaches the literature of Los Angeles at Emerson College’s L.A. Center. His books include the novels Garrett in Wedlock and Adriane on the Edge and the anthology 12 Short Stories and Their Making.
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