Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Novelist Tells His Story, As Long As He Can Deny It

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Graphic novelist Peter Kuper is telling the story of his life – and making sure he doesn’t end up on Oprah’s bad side!

In his new graphic novel, Stop Forgetting to Remember: The Autobiography of Walter Kurtz (Crown Publishers), Kuper tells his life story through his alter ego, Walter Kurtz, to, as he puts it, “ensure deniability, especially when sex and drugs get involved.”

Though the story is essentially his own, Kuper admits to using his alter ego to prevent a James Frey-like debacle, who famously got a verbal beat-down from Oprah for lying in his memoir, A Million Little Pieces (Doubleday & Anchor Books).

Says Kuper: “This is my life with a few adjustments. I don’t want to end up on Oprah’s couch being called a liar.”

According to Kuper, making the story interesting was more important than sticking to facts.

He explains, “It’s like being Peter Parker by day and Clark Kent by night. Besides, everyone lies in their autobiographies.”

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