Off On a Tangent

Random musings from Sarah Weinman, editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin, August 27)

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Controversy, in Quotes

“I am not a reporter and I have never claimed to be a reporter, and the magazine took on this project with the understanding that I have no interest in pretending to be a reporter or producing journalism.” — John D’Agata, to Jim Fingal

"What I do is not journalism. The tools of the theater are not the same as the tools of journalism." — Mike Daisey

"All the good editing, fact-checking and plagiarism-detection software in the world is not going to change the fact that anyone is, under the right circumstances, capable of anything and that journalism is essentially built on trust." — Jayson Blair

"If you go on a stage and say that you personally saw something, and the show in which you make this claim is not clearly identified in some meaningful way as "fiction" or "fictionalized," then you’d better have seen it—especially if you tell your audiences that they need to take action based on what you claim to have seen. Otherwise, you’re a liar." — Terry Teachout

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