Well, the saga of Jonah Lehrer is officially over.
The New York Times reports that Lehrer — who was busted recycling stories for his New Yorker blog — has resigned from the magazine after he was caught fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in a book he wrote. The latest accusations came from Tablet, the online magazine.
Add this to everything else, and it seems that Lehrer has built quite the career (well, had built quite the career) out of being a liar.
Via The Times, a snippet of Lehrer’s statement:
“The lies are over now. I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down, especially my editors and readers. I also owe a sincere apology to [Table magazine article author] Mr. Moynihan. I will do my best to correct the record and ensure that my misquotations and mistakes are fixed. I have resigned my position as staff writer at The New Yorker.”
Everyone who actually believes Lehrer when he says that “the lies are over now,” please congratulate yourself, because you’re a more optimistic person than us.