THE COLLAPSE OF BIG FIVE PUBLISHING IS ONGOING
Call it a collapse of credibility more than anything.
James Frey may be the most egregious person on the literary scene today.
Frey’s 2003 best-selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces, was later revealed by The Smoking Gun to contain large fabrications.
In 2010 James Frey was shown by Suzanne Mozes of New York magazine to be running a “fiction factory” ruthlessly taking advantage of aspiring young writers.
Frey’s just-released novel, Katerina, is getting slammed by literary critics.
-Including by Ron Charles at the Washington Post, who says it may be “the worst novel of the year.”
-Including by Claire Fallon at Huffington Post, who states firmly that “James Frey Still Sucks.”
THE QUESTION everyone is asking is “Why does James Frey continue to be published?”
It has to be more than Ms. Fallon’s take that he’s published simply because he’s a white guy. There are scores of talented white male writers out there who aren’t landing big book contracts from Big Five publishers like Simon & Schuster. At New Pop Lit we’ve published many of them, including Clint Margrave, Jack Somers, Brian Eckert, Richard Greenhorn, Gregory Yelnish, Alan Swyer, D.C. Miller, Alex Bernstein, Alex Olson, Jon Berger, Michael Howard, Don Waitt, Wred Fright, Joshua Caleb Wilson, and Elias Keller, to name some of the more recent names.
(Simon & Schuster Building.)
COULD IT BE that giant book companies which are part of gigantic media conglomerates and insulated by layers of bureaucracy within Manhattan skyscrapers are simply unable to locate actual literary talent? Instead they take the easiest path: “Round up the usual suspects!”
It’s a top-heavy and feckless system worthy of collapse.
-Karl Wenclas, New Pop Lit NEWS