Ed Driscoll

DID BRESLIN COOK THE BOOKS?

DID BRESLIN COOK THE BOOKS? I was just thinking the other day that Jimmy Breslin’s writing, since I’ve been reading him on the ‘Net in the late 1990s, is no great shakes, considering his superstar rep. Breslin’s name was initially made back in the early days of the New Journalism with Tom Wolfe, when they both wrote for the New York Tribune in the mid-1960s. (Scroll down to a Thursday Bleat by Lileks for his take on the Herald Tribune.)

Lately, Breslin’s writing has seemed partisan, shrill, and downright nasty. And frankly, this news (concerning faked quotes in this article) doesn’t surprise me all that much.