Bunk

Bunk

The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-facts, and Fake News

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--"There Kevin Young goes again, giving us books we greatly need, cleverly disguised as books we merely want. Unexpectedly essential."b7sMarlon JamesBunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefeller, from the made-up memoirs of James Frey to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal. In this brilliant and timely work, Young asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of "truthiness "where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a pervasive cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781555979829
1555979823
155597791X
9781555977917
Characteristics: 1 online resource (560 pages) : illustrations

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Bunk turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefel... Read More »


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lukasevansherman
Apr 06, 2018

"Black bodies, especially male ones, get viewed as weapons-they are not allowed self-defense as society is not quite sure they have a self to defend."
New Yorker poetry editor and poet Kevin Young's book is an ambitious, provocative, wide-ranging (and long) exploration of the idea of hoaxes in American history, politics, pop culture, and literature. It was perhaps perfectly suited for this moment of post-truth, fake news, and alternative facts. There are familiar figures like P.T. Barnum, James Frey, Orson Welles, JT LeRoy, and, of course, Donald Trump. What is maybe his most compelling and controversial idea is that race itself is something of a hoax, often exploited by whites. I disagree with the commentator who finds this too "narrow" of a focus, especially given what a huge part race plays in our history and culture. I read this shortly after Kurt Andersen's "Fantasyland" and they have some similarities, but this is by far the more engaging and intelligent book.

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fledge
Mar 04, 2018

Unfortunately, the author’s viewpoint is too often narrowly focused along racial lines. The majority of hoaxes and put-up jobs seem to redound upon some poor Native or African American. That’s simply not true, and it makes for tiresome reading, in part. Nevertheless, the author makes sterling comments and analysis of the ways in which the liars, plagiarists, and hoaxsters play upon the credulous crowds. That has never been more true than today, when deconstructionism – everything is open to private interpretation and private truth – has atomized society and made everyone a victim (some more, some less), so that more and more people feel free to steal from and gull their fellow man.

Top-notch prose. There’s some really good writing here. Recommended.

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johnulee
Jan 12, 2018

Good read, well researched. Should be companion piece to Noam Chomsky's ', Manufacturing Consent' to get a global understanding of the pr industry.

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