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Cursed by Allah
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Fake Fish Photos
The Instant Color TV Hoax, 1962
war of the worlds
The night Martians invaded New Jersey, 1938
New article about I, Libertine hoax
Matthew Callan has written a great account of Jean Shepherd's 1956 I, Libertine hoax:

The Man Behind The Brilliant Media Hoax Of "I, Libertine"
theawl.com

Shepherd inspired fierce loyalty in his listeners who would tune in to listen to him in the middle of the night. These listeners embraced his term for them, "night people," and under his direction they would execute one of the biggest and most bizarre media hoaxes of the 20th century. The hoax was meant as a strike against their opposite: "day people," that is, against phoniness and squareness—all those 50s words—as well as a joke on New York pretension. In our time of memes, virality, and reality blurring, the hoax Shepherd dreamt up seems extremely modern and prescient in its contours—as does the fact that, eventually, it got out of his control.
Categories: Literature/Language
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 16, 2013
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