HON293C: Literary Scandals and Controversies

An archived version of a 2007 NCSU course blog

Stephen Glass resources

It seems I don’t have the PDF for the Vanity Fair piece on Stephen Glass anymore, but I’ve re-requested it and will e-mail it to you when I get it. Meanwhile, here are some further resources.

  • Former Editor of ‘The New Republic’ Charles Lane — 2003 NPR interview with Chuck Lane that repeats many points made in the DVD commentary. (audio)
  • The Fabulist — Get Stephen Glass’s novel in a library near you, or read some sample text, including this: “Surely, you say, I must have known the trouble I was in — and to some extent I did. I must have been anxious and scheming, racking my brain for a way out, even then. I must have been buying time. That is what everyone who has never been caught thinks. But, in fact, I didn’t plan; I didn’t scheme; I didn’t even envision what was to come — not yet. Instead, during the walk, I willed myself beyond recall. Had I concentrated on what I had done, I probably would have turned and run.”
  • Q&A:
    Former New Republic Editor Charles Lane
    — Columbia Journalism Review interview in which Lane says, among other things, “I would feel really bad if people left this movie thinking, ‘Gee that Steve Glass, what a creative wit. It’s too bad that humorless asshole brought him down.”
  • At the Movies: Facts and Fictions — Review of Shattered Glass in the Columbia Journalism Review: “Another, possibly inadvertent, truth about Glass that his own book reveals but that the movie avoids is that he doesn’t even seem to like journalism very much. The film can’t entertain this thought. . . . [In The Fabulist] his thorough contempt for journalism shines through.”
  • The Pennsylvania Gazette: Through a Glass Darkly — 1998 article from the alumni magazine of Stephen Glass’s university; Glass was once the chief editor of his university’s newspaper. One college friend says, “I was hoping that he would hold a press conference and say, ‘I’ve been secretly doing a book on how easy it is to fool the mainstream press, and now my book will be out next year.’ But that didn’t happen.”
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway? — 2003 newspaper article reporting that “Stephen Glass declined to participate in the film [Shattered Glass], but because he is considered a public figure, his story could be told without buying rights, says filmmaker Billy Ray.”
  • Glass’s Actions Shout Volumes, Words Whisper — Brief commentary on Stephen Glass’s appearance at a panel on journalistic ethics: “Andrew Sullivan, the former New Republic editor who hired Glass, dropped by the seminar and confronted his erstwhile friend: ‘Here’s why I don’t believe you are contrite: Why did you write that book? What did you do with the money?’ “
  • Abstract: “Shattered Glass, Movies, and the Free Press Myth” — Abstract of a 2005 scholarly article arguing that the movie “underscores . . . the notion that self-regulation of the press works.” Some see the Stephen Glass case as evidence that there’s trouble with the whole system of journalism, and such people might see the movie as an attempt to blame an individual instead of the system.
  • [a tissue
    of lies] | the stephen j. glass index
    — List of many other resources related to Stephen Glass.

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