There is a funny article by Don Miller over at "The Burnside Writers Collection" titled, "Tolkien Was No Hobbit." I understand that some of you have a problem with James Frey, so don't get too upset by this article - just enjoy the tongue-in-cheekness of it. Here's an excerpt:
The truth is I wasn’t surprised by the whole Frey incident. As a book insider, I’ve known for a few years that the stuff in books is made up. I’m not trying to sound condescending, which means to talk down to you, but it’s something I discovered in my mid twenties.
I remember how much I loved J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” for example, but was enraged when I finally saw a picture of the author, smoking a pipe wearing a hat and jacket, no floppy ears, no webbed and hairy feet, a complete con. Lying bastard, I said to myself, throwing the book across the children’s section of a bookstore. Hobbit my ass.
Now go read the rest of it. Go on. Read it. One . . . Two . . .