Very Important Puzzler Tom Ruprecht waxes poetic on writing phony oral histories with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg on stage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Very Important Puzzler Tom Ruprecht waxes poetic on writing phony oral histories with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg on stage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY. Josh Rogosin/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Josh Rogosin/NPR
Very Important Puzzler Tom Ruprecht waxes poetic on writing phony oral histories with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg on stage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Very Important Puzzler Tom Ruprecht waxes poetic on writing phony oral histories with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg on stage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Josh Rogosin/NPR

Fake History Until You Make It

Want to know what J.D. Salinger was really up to during all those years as a recluse? He wrote racy letters to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dined with Michael Jackson and cut a track with the Foo Fighters. At least according to V.I.P. Tom Ruprecht, a former Late Show With David Letterman writer and author of a totally phony oral history of Salinger's life.

Want to know what J.D. Salinger was really up to during all those years as a recluse? He wrote racy letters to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dined with Michael Jackson and cut a track with the Foo Fighters. At least according to V.I.P. Tom Ruprecht, a former Late Show With David Letterman writer and author of a totally phony oral history of Salinger's life. In addition to faking history this week, we invite you to talk like a 1930s movie gangster, sing songs heard on television and guess your favorite author's fictional characters.

Who Wrote Holden Coulfield? Green Day
I Love Lucy Desi Arnaz
Gangsta's Paradise Coolio
Never There Cake