So a little bird in the book biz told us about a meeting with a Penguin sales rep in which, so the claim goes, it was revealed that the paperback edition of James Frey’s My Friend Leonard, coming out at the end of May, has been reclassified from memoir to fiction. And I go over to the book’s Amazon page and down at the bottom, where you’re invited to search for similar books by subject:
- Biography / Autobiography
- Entertainment & Performing Arts – General
- Personal Memoirs
- Popular American Fiction…
But, honestly, it’s even more entertaining to wonder just when Frey filled out the standardized Amazon questionnaire that included this exchange:
Q: What is the worst lie you’ve ever told?
A: No way I can answer that.
He also says that the one superpower he’d have if he could only have one is “immortality,” which I bet isn’t looking like so hot a prospect anymore.