— bagels bagels bagels (@johnmortara) January 24, 2014
Agree / Disagree?
I mean reporters are “entrusted” with telling the truth, but the ones who don’t tell the truth usually get the most attention. Same for memoirs. Everyone knows they fudge those a bit.
I write marketing copy for a living, where part of the modus operandi in that field is to always be an optimist and concentrate on the strong benefits of the product. And then fiction, well you should totally lie. That’s what you’re expected to do, until you just happen to use the truth.
Feels like the best used words in writing today is “semi-autobiographical.” Because experience influence so much of what happens, including reporting. We’re all getting an idea from somewhere, so there’s part of “you” in everything you create.
It’s a spectrum.
John Mortara is an awesome writer and we once lived in the same town but not at the same time. He’s got a book coming soon from YesYes Books and I recently interviewed him for Volume 1 Brooklyn about his awesome e-book, “Small Creatures / Wide Field.” Read more about John on his personal website.