Publisher Pulls Book After 'New Yorker' Writer Jonah Lehrer Admits Fabricating Bob Dylan Quotes
Following revelations earlier today that New Yorker writer Jonah Lehrer fabricated quotes he attributed to Bob Dylan in his recent book Imagine: How Creativity Works, publisher Houghton Mifflin has stopped selling the book.
The online magazine Tablet posted a story this morning titled "Jonah Lehrer’s Deceptions: The celebrated journalist fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works."
Lehrer acknowledged the accuracy of the story in a statement to The New York Times.
"Three weeks ago, I received an email from journalist Michael Moynihan asking about Bob Dylan quotes in my book ‘Imagine,’ ” Mr. Lehrer said in a statement. “The quotes in question either did not exist, were unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes. But I told Mr. Moynihan that they were from archival interview footage provided to me by Dylan’s representatives. This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic."
Mr. Lehrer declared, “The lies are over now," and resigned his position as a staff writer for the New Yorker.
Houghton Mifflin responded by stopping shipments of the physical book and immediately halting ebook sales.
Lori Glazer, a spokesperson for Houghton Mifflin, told The New York Times the publisher was "exploring all options" in light of Lehrer's lies
Imagine has sold more than 200,000 copies to date.