The reporter’s question caught me off guard: “So, were the other ‘friends’ in your article really you as well?”

“No, those were really other friends and writers.”

“So,” she asked, “why did you say it was a friend when it was really you?”

Suddenly, I was no longer little old me sitting at my desk in my bedroom being interviewed by an online religion magazine about an article I had written on Christian bookstore “censorship.” Now I was James Frey sitting on Oprah’s couch talking about why I had lied, why I had made stuff up.

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