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Lifespan of a Fact

ISBN-10: 0393340732
ISBN-13: 9780393340730
Edition: 2012
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Description: How negotiable is a fact in nonfiction? In 2003, an essay by John D’Agata was rejected by the magazine that commissioned it due to factual inaccuracies. That essay—which eventually became the foundation of D’Agata’s critically acclaimed  More...

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List price: $23.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

How negotiable is a fact in nonfiction? In 2003, an essay by John D’Agata was rejected by the magazine that commissioned it due to factual inaccuracies. That essay—which eventually became the foundation of D’Agata’s critically acclaimed About a Mountain—was accepted by another magazine, The Believer, but not before they handed it to their own fact-checker, Jim Fingal. What resulted from that assignment was seven years of arguments, negotiations, and revisions as D’Agata and Fingal struggled to navigate the boundaries of literary nonfiction.This book reproduces D’Agata’s essay, along with D’Agata and Fingal’s extensive correspondence. What emerges is a brilliant and eye-opening meditation on the relationship between “truth” and “accuracy” and a penetrating conversation about whether it is appropriate for a writer to substitute one for the other.

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Jim Fingal is now a software engineer and writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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