Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Cover Art

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

Author: Kevin Young
Publisher: Graywolf Press
ASIN: 155597791X

About This Book

"Bunk" 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. The author wends through a uniquely American history with a rogue’s gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers, and fakers―from the humbug of P. T. Barnum and Edgar Allan Poe to the unrepentant bunk of JT LeRoy and Donald J. Trump. Disturbingly, the author finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, with race being perhaps the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and What Is It?, an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution. Reading Kevin Young's "Bunk" might prompt us all to be less gullible.

 

Tags/Keywords

fraud, scams, fake news


 
 
 

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