Too Much Imagining: A Jonah Lehrer Roundup
Jonah Lehrer has resigned from his staff position at the New Yorker, after Tablet Magazine revealed he had fabricated quotes–from Bob Dylan, no less!–in his bestseller Imagine: How Creativity Works, which since has been pulled from the market. Michael C. Moynihan, the journalist who discovered the deception, was interviewed by the Observer, saying he felt “horrible” watching vitriolic reactions pour in. Previously the book saw critique for its loose science in both The New Republic andThe Millions. Roxane Gay wonders about the media system that allowed Lehrer to get so high up in the stratosphere to enable his fall from grace.
I HAVE READ ONE ARTICLE BY THIS MAN. ABOUT BRAINSTORMING.
AND I DON’T CARE IF HE LIES.
WERE SO MANY LIVING AND DYING BY HIS WORDS? I READ THE BRAINSTORMING ARTICLE ON THE TOILET.
ISN’T HE GLADWELL-LITE, EXCEPT NOT FOR CORPORATE RETREAT TYPES, RATHER PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE BUFFS?
TO WHAT AM I ELUDING? [SIC: ALLUDING. ELUDING PANTING.] HIS BEAUTY IS SOMETHING, THAT’S A FACT.
HE NEEDS TO MOVE INTO NONFICTION NOVEL WRITING, A LA BRUCE DUFFY’S _THE WORLD AS I FOUND IT_.
HE IS PROM CANDIDATE 2013.
I AM STILL ON VACATION, FINALLY READING _THE WORLD AS I FOUND IT_.
IS ROXANE GAY THE GEOFF DYER OF DEAR SPECULATION AND SINCERE FEELING IN THIS QUARTER OF THE INTERNET, ALWAYS?
VACATION DOES NOT AGREE WITH ME. IT IS AS ALL DAY ARRANGING KINDLING, WAITING FOR TINY FIRES TO IGNITE ALL NIGHT, THOUGH THAT SOUNDS HARSH (AND AS NON-SENSE).
TODAY I RODE INTO THE ATLANTIC AND SAW A NURSE SHARK, A GREEN SEA TURTLE, MANY FISH, ENDANGERED CORALS, EVERYTHING IN DANGER, IN FACT, OF QUICK AND TOTAL ANNIHILATION.
OBVIOUSLY THE OLYMPICS ARE PUTTING TREMENDOUS PRESSURE ON MY LIBIDO, VIS A VIS MEN’S EVENTS SUCH AS SYNCRONIZED DIVING AND THE PITIABLE GYMNASTS.