Snippet from a book proposal by fraudulent journalist Jonah Lehrer:
"I feel the shiver of a voice mail message. I listen to the message. I have been found out. I puke into a recycling bin. And then I start to cry. Why was I crying? I had been caught in a lie, a desperate attempt to conceal my mistakes. And now it was clear that, within 24 hours, my fall would begin. I would lose my job and my reputation. My private shame would become public."
Simon & Schuster bought the book.
From the New York Times: “Jonah Lehrer is an unusually talented writer,” Jonathan Karp, the publisher of Simon & Schuster, said in an e-mail Thursday night. “We believe in second chances.”
I hope it will be as good as The Hoax, Clifford Irving's thrilling memoir about writing a fake biography of Howard Hughes and almost getting away with it.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects