by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
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Depicts the arguments, negotiations and revisions that took place in correspondence between an essayist and his fact-checker, analyzing the boundaries of literary nonfiction and discussing the correlation between "truth" and "accuracy."
March 8, 2012 When an intern accused author John D'Agata of embellishing the facts in an essay, the two began wrestling over the writer's responsibility to the truth, and even the meaning of truth itself. The Lifespan of a Fact is the real-life record of their debate (or is it?).
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March 7, 2012 The correspondence between John D'Agata and his former fact-checker Jim Fingal is antagonistic, hilarious and even profound.
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