Another Jonah Lehrer Book Being Pulled From Shelves
A second book from disgraced author and former New Yorker staff writer Jonah Lehrer is being withdrawn.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Friday that Lehrer's 2009 book How We Decide is being taken "off sale" with "no plans to reissue it in the future," according to HMH senior vice president Bruce Nichols. The decision followed an internal review, but the company did not elaborate further.
Lehrer's first book, Proust Was a Neuroscientist, is still available for sale, with the publisher saying an internal review did not uncover any problems and that it "will remain in print," according to Michael Moynihan of The Daily Beast.
Lehrer's bestselling book Imagine was pulled from stores last July after Moynihan, then working for Tablet magazine, reported that Lehrer had fabricated quotes from Bob Dylan. Lehrer, 31, was promptly dismissed as a staff writer for The New Yorker. He has also admitted to recycling his own writing and reporting for separate publications.
Lehrer broke his silence two weeks ago when he was paid a reported $20,000 to speak at a Knight Foundation seminar in Miami.
The writer apologized, saying, "I’m the author of a book on creativity that contained several fabricated Bob Dylan quotes. I committed plagiarism on my blog, taking without credit or citation an entire paragraph from the blog of Christian Jarrett. I plagiarized from myself. I lied to a journalist named Michael Moynihan to cover up the Dylan fabrications."
He attributed his fall from grace in part to "being smart, having a high IQ," his arrogance and a "tendency to believe my own excuses."