If only Oprah had spoken to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy before granting James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces a coveted spot into her infamous book club, she could have been spared some egg on her face and Frey’s “memoir” may have lasted a few less weeks on the NY Times Bestseller list. Tweedy, an ex-addict himself, claims he was hip to Frey’s embellishments (lies?) “before anybody else.” Also, it looks like he’s even more irate than Oprah about the deception, but for much different reasons. Check out what Tweedy told Maxim’s Chris Norris:
I took great pride in calling James Frey a fucking fraud before anybody else did. I read that book and was like, ‘This is not only bullshit, it’s totally irresponsible bullshit.’ That whole idea of willpower, and him being so macho about it. That’s exactly the kind of shit that got me in the hospital.
Whereas Oprah was offended by Frey’s deception and the tarnishing of her reputation, Tweedy sees his sensational depiction of drug addiction and recovery as a downright dangerous illusion to addicts.
Let’s get Wilco on Oprah, I say! Launch the Oprah Record Club or something.