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Abominable Science — Looks interesting. I'll add it to my reading list. An interview with the authors: The Science Behind Bigfoot and Other Monsters National Geographic There's ample circumstantial evidence for all these creatures: eyewitness accounts, blurry photographs, mysterious footprints. For many cryptozoologists—the people who search for legendary animals—that evidence is enough to confirm a monster's existence. But it will take more than shadowy sightings to convince Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero that Bigfoot or any of the other monsters are real. What Loxton and Prothero want is… Continue…
Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2013.   Comments (1)

Fifty Shades of Grey not a Guantanamo favorite — Strange thing for a US congressman to have been claiming. Especially since, according to reports, Fifty Shades of Grey isn't even in the prison library at Guantanamo. Guantanamo Fifty Shades of Grey claim denied by lawyer BBC News A lawyer for a detainee at Guantanamo Bay's highest-security section has rubbished reports that Fifty Shades of Grey is a favourite read among inmates. A US congressman made the claim last month after visiting Camp 7, saying it showed the inmates were "not…
Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013.   Comments (0)

Bonsai Kitten—The Book — Remember Bonsai Kittens — the hoax about growing kittens in a jar? It seems that they've finally made their way from the internet into print, serving as the title for Lakshmi Narayan's new novel. I would have expected that a novel titled "Bonsai Kitten" would be a work of gross-out fiction aimed at young men. But not so! Narayan was inspired by the idea of a Bonsai Kitten to write a work of serious literary fiction about the struggles of young brides in Indian society. Here's the
Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013.   Comments (1)

Donny and Marie Join the Klan? — I've noticed that a picture of this book, Donny and Marie Join the Klan, has recently been doing the rounds online. Just in case anyone might have thought this was a real book, no, it wasn't. The original was Donny and Marie - The Top Secret Project, published in 1977. Clever alteration.
Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013.   Comments (1)


A Disposition to Be Rich, by Geoffrey Ward — A new book to add to my reading list: A Disposition to Be Rich csmonitor.com Geoffrey Ward’s cagily titled book, A Disposition to Be Rich, about his great grandfather isn’t so much written as lived in. In colorful and remarkable detail it chronicles the brazen exploits of Ferdinand Ward, “the best-hated man in the United States” and the pre-eminent Ponzi schemer of the Reconstruction Era. Not only did Ferd swindle former President Ulysses S. Grant out of millions in today’s…
Posted: Wed May 09, 2012.   Comments (0)

Two new hoax-themed novels — Two new novels involve hoaxes as their central theme. So they might be of interest to hoaxologists. The first novel is The Prague Cemetery, by Umberto Eco. From the Irish Independent's review: Eco illuminates an age like no other writer -- the era in this case being fin de siecle Paris, its filthy streets bristling with communists, conspirators and con men, Jesuits and Freemasons, and, most of all, Jews. The novel was heavily criticised in its native Italy for having an anti-semitic…
Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2012.   Comments (0)

Sons of Clovis — There's a new hoax-related book out that sounds interesting: The Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adore Floupette and a Secret History of Australian Poetry by David Brooks. From the Sydney Morning Herald review: At the heart of the book is the famous Australian hoax, the Ern Malley affair, in which two young, still-forming poets, McAuley and Stewart, fabricated the raw, working-class identity Ern Malley, only to have him die tragically young, leaving behind his book of experimental poems,…
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2011.   Comments (4)

Fakers — There's another new book out to add to my library of hoaxes. It's Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders by Paul Maliszewski. From the product description: From James Frey and his fake memories of drug-addled dissolution to Stephen Glass and his fake dispatches from the fringes of politics to the author formerly known as JT LeRoy and his fake rural tough talk, we are beset by real-seeming fiction masquerading as truth. We are living in the era of the…
Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2009.   Comments (3)

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