Well this sucks.
I just read an article on The New York Times’ website that states Jonah Lehrer fabricated quotes in his book Imagine. Yes, this is old news (the article was posted on July 30th) but I am just going through my emails. I do not find this surprising, though, since Lehrer was previously accused of recycling material from his blog posts into his New Yorker articles. That, however, is minor compared this: fabricating quotes. What is going on with this dude?
Now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is recalling all print copies of Imagine. Smh. This news is disappointing. I enjoyed reading Imagine and trusted what was stated. Now I wonder how much of the book’s content was fabricated. Was it just the Bob Dylan quotes?
The article also states that Lehrer has resigned from The New Yorker. How unfortunate. I was looking forward to reading his articles there. Obviously, the book’s topic had too much influence on him. Maybe he should of used less imagination when writing Imagine.
- Bob Dylan Jonah Lehrer – New Yorker Writer Resigns Over Bob Dylan Quote Fabrication (contactmusic.com)
- Neuroscience Journalist Jonah Lehrer Resigns from New Yorker (kolber.typepad.com)
- Ethos and The Case of Jonah Lehrer (alexrister1.wordpress.com)