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A Nice Gaff If You Can Get Away With It!

Gulling rubes isn't that hard, but I am suprised it took people this long to (partially) figure this one out:

http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/...eatures/14718/

Should it ever be proven that "JT LeRoy" isn't JT LeRoy (and since it is hard to prove a negative and it is kind of assumed to be the case anyway), would this hinder or help this modern-day "Sue DeNimes"'s sales prospects?

Since the market for sub-Dennis Cooper (if that can be subbed) sexual confusion lit with a southern gothic twist (which relies on the reader having no knowledge of the South whatsoever) may be a tad more limited if it is found to be written by an alt-rock City hipster in her mid-30s rather than a teen-aged ex-transvestite truck stop prostitute who rose to "befriend" rock stars, I'm thinking the answer will be, "sales might drop into the tank".

Nevertheless, it was a good gaff while it lasted and one which followed the rules of con artistry to the tee. Give the rubes what they think they want and suck 'em dry. And get some publicity for your band while doing it! Genius. The literary equivalent of the wallet-drop gag. I salute the perpatrators' brass balls.

This is my favorite literary story of the last five years. More writers ought to try it.

You know the scene it's very hum-drum
And my favorite song's entitled "Boredom"...
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