Books The Lifespan of a Fact by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal Paperback, 123 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $17.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Lifespan of a FactAuthorJohn D'Agata and Jim Fingal Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary 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." Genres: Nonfiction Also by John D'Agata About A Mountain Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Lifespan of a Fact iStockPhoto.com Book News & Features 'Lifespan': What Are The Limits Of Literary License? 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?). 'Lifespan': What Are The Limits Of Literary License? Listen · 7:23 7:23 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/148040132/148202472" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review Book Reviews 'Lifespan Of A Fact': Truth And Consequences March 7, 2012 The correspondence between John D'Agata and his former fact-checker Jim Fingal is antagonistic, hilarious and even profound.