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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
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The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Nobody For President Campaign, 1940 to Present
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
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Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
Is J.T. LeRoy a Hoax?
Posted by The Curator on Mon Oct 10, 2005
Status: Yes, he's a hoax J.T. LeRoy is either a) an extremely shy young man who, at the age of 13, while living a life of abuse and prostitution on the streets, met a psychologist who encouraged him to write down his experiences, which he did, thereby propelling him to literary stardom (now in his mid-twenties, LeRoy has three books, one of which has been made into a movie); or b) a woman in her late-thirties called Laura Albert who, for the past eleven years, has crafted an elaborate hoax to make people believe that LeRoy is a real person. Stephen Beachy believes that option B is correct, and he lays out the reasons why in an...
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