Dispatches from Ladyblogland

All the news that Ladyblogland found interesting this past week.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

This week, I attended an academic conference in which someone addressed the topic of mass incarceration of black women, a topic that ladyblogland has talked about for years. It makes you think: there’s a lot of good work being done here in ladyblogland. With that in mind, let’s see what the bloggers talked about this week. Read More Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Imagine Bob Dylan Said This: When Nonfiction Writers Make Stuff Up

At the age of 31, Jonah Lehrer was a staff writer for The New Yorker and a contributing editor at several newspapers and magazines. He had published three best-selling books: Proust Was a Neuroscientist; How We Decide; and Imagine: How Creativity Works.

In that last one, he discussed Bob Dylan’s songwriting process at length. He used many quotes from Dylan, some of which he cobbled together or misrepresented. He also invented a few. When Michael C. Moynihan investigated this, Lehrer at first made up stories about his sources. He later confessed, resigning from The New Yorker on July 30th. His deceptions in Imagine throw the credibility of all of his other work into question. Read More Imagine Bob Dylan Said This: When Nonfiction Writers Make Stuff Up