Some further context and background to the D’Agata/Fingal battle. Hold on to your hats: the book about the battle over accuracy and poetics in the essay makes some things up–it’s not entirely accurate. Surprised? Read this report:
Apparently D’Agata didn’t call Fingal a “dickhead.”
To contrast D’Agata with Lee Gutkind, the editor of the journal Creative Nonfiction, consider this essay prize contest–noting the disclaimer at the end about fact-checking. We read an essay (about creative nonfiction essays) by Gutkind for Friday.