• Random House sued ME; not the other way around.
  • Random House filed suit to silence the facts I was posting on the web.
  • There has been NO trial on the facts, only the Random House effort to prevent a trial.
  • NO expert testimony was allowed despite three international plagiarism experts who were willing to testif that it existed.
  • The only sworn statements made under penalty of perjury are affidavits from me and my experts, nothing from RH.
  • The judge refused to consider any expert analysis.
  • Despite suing me first, Random House & Sony UNsuccessfully demanded that I pay the $310,000 in legal fees they spent to sue me.
  • Contrary to the Random House spin, I am not alleging plagiarism of general issues, but of several hundred very specific ones.
  • This is not about money. Anything I win goes to charity.

Legal filings and the expert witness reports are HERE

I have a second blog, Writopia
which focuses on Dan Brown's pattern of falsehoods
and embellishment of his personal achievements.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Issuing a Half-Apology Is Like Publishing a Half-Truth.

A statement from Random House/Doubleday (which also published the Da Vinci Code), said in part:

"The controversy over James Frey's A MILLION LITTLE PIECES has caused serious concern at Doubleday and Anchor Books. Recent interpretations of our previous statement notwithstanding, it is not the policy or stance of this company that it doesn't matter whether a book sold as nonfiction is true. A nonfiction book should adhere to the facts as the author knows them....."

"We bear a responsibility for what we publish, and apologize to the reading public for any unintentional confusion surrounding the publication of A MILLION LITTLE PIECES."

Given that the same sort of author biographical fabrications and marketing of fiction as fact by Random House/Doubleday were key to its success, the apology and refunds to readers needs to be extended to Code.

Issuing a half-apology is like publishing a half-truth.

Further, it's clear that Frey is being made the fall guy, a way for the corporate types to throw a sacrificial offering to the masses and and distance itself from its own misconduct.

Dan Brown could end up in the same boiling pot if he continues to let RH pull his strings.

My previous offer to let Dan off the hook still stands.


Blogger Mark said...

After hearing all of the arguments everyone says it should be fiction and it would be OK. Brown writes fiction so as we've seen before we're back to the decptive FACT claim all over again. Stealing others creations notwithstanding.

Fri Jan 27, 09:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

Yes, that and the fact that Brown falsified his biography to make it seem as if he was an expert ... along with claims of extensive research.

Fri Jan 27, 10:13:00 AM PST  
Blogger Mark said...

Didn't work.

Fri Jan 27, 01:33:00 PM PST  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

That was a very good link ... one of the things that happens in an academic environment is that people with no creativity nor originality get mired in a concept called "intertextuality."

The plagiarism is real; intertextuality is just a load of horse manure.

Fri Jan 27, 02:09:00 PM PST  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

That should have been "neither creativity nor originality"

Fri Jan 27, 02:10:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mark said...

Wed Feb 01, 12:17:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bonajoia said...

I have two questions:

1) If RH is so damned sorry, why do they continue to print and market the book? They are adding a page or so of statements from the author which should just be titled 'List of Things I Lied About.'

2) If RH and everybody else who is involved are so damned sorry, why aren't they signing over all those nice big fat checks they're all receiving to the Southern Poverty Law Center or UNICEF or Tsunami relief - SOMETHING?

Intertextuality - don't get me started.

Mon Feb 06, 12:38:00 PM PST  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

I think you can safely say they AREN'T sorry ... just sorry they got caught.

Mon Feb 06, 12:45:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bonajoia said...

Gosh, Lew, ya think?

I've tried pointing the True Believers for DVC to the MANY documentaries on the History Channel and TLC, PBS pointing out the errors presented as 'fact' in Dan Brown's work of 'fiction'.

They don't want to hear it. I mean, they can disagree about the plagiarism thing, what constitutes substantial borrowing, etc., but there's no place to go with people who think of DVC as a religion. I'd probably end up pointing out to the same people that Men in Black is NOT a documentary. Or that aluminum foil on my head won't keep aliens from reading my thoughts.

Mon Feb 06, 12:53:00 PM PST  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

My biggest issue right now is that the trial judge threw out my plagiarism lawsuit _in part_ because he filtered out as unprotectible "history" which I made up, which Dan copied, but which was not history at all ...

Having a judge get fact and fiction mixed up can be damaging to your writing career!

A trial. All I want is a trial.

Actually, what I'd REALLY like is for Dan, RH, their lawyers and the rest of the lying scoundrels to make their charitable donation, go away,n get lost and let honest people go about their business.

Mon Feb 06, 03:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger Spiritbear said...

Thought you might enjoy seeing a photae I took just yesterday at Roslynn Chapel...see it on my current blog at

When I saw Perdue's comment about hourse manure on the blog here, I figured maybe you could use a good laugh...

Wed Apr 05, 04:32:00 AM PDT  

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