In erstwhile New Republic
writer Stephen Glass's new book, The Fabulist: A Novel
, the protagonist is "Stephen Glass," an erstwhile Washington Weekly
writer, fired for making up both stories and substantiating evidence. Hendrk Hertzberg, my favorite New Yorker
columnist, circuitously reviews the novel in an editorial about something else (and the great quotes around "Steven Glass" are his), saying:
"Every character in Glass's solipsistic novel--including the sole sympathetic one, "Glass"--is cut from cardboard, and [he] seems to view apology as a for-profit industry with a launch interview on '60 Minutes.' (Glass's nonfictional fiction lacks the imaginative flair of his fictional nonfiction. Perhaps he should try fictional fiction, or just forget the whole thing and practice law.)"