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 it’s loose science in both The New Republic andThe Millions. Roxne Gay wonders about the media system that allowed Lehrer to get so high up in the stratosphere to enable his fall from grace.
So, does anyone else think it’s ironic that he didn’t use his imagination to come up with original material?
Or maybe he used a little bit too much in making up those quotes! ….someone could write a book about that.
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- duckbeater said: IS IT BECAUSE HE IS EXTRAORDINARILY GOOD LOOKING? LEHRER FOR PROM DATE 2013.
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- ringtales said: i always took this book with a grain of salt i just don’t believe in the quantifying of the soul by virtue of doing what other people have done. and geez who needs to make up quotes for dylan? #quotable as fuck
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