Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern Star in JT LeRoy Biopic!

Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern Star in JT LeRoy Biopic!

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JT LeRoy is making headlines again, but this time it’s because the film of the same name based on this literary debacle has finally gained distribution after its breakout premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.     Let’s back up. In 2000 came Sarah, a fictional novel that was written and based on the life of JT LeRoy. The next years came a collection of linked stories, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. According to Vanity Fair, “[t]he books were mostly well reviewed, and even critics who didn’t care for the prose, or found the disturbing subject matter overwrought as art, paid obeisance …

The 5 Most Shocking Secrets in Literature

The 5 Most Shocking Secrets in Literature

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Frauds, fakes, counterfeits, liars, truth-benders, aliases—the world of literature has had many secrets over the years, and here are five of the biggest.    1. Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things by JT LeRoy    Courtney Love, Savannah Knoop as JT LeRoy, and Laura Albert as Speedie. | Image Via Vanity Fair    JT LeRoy became a so-called Hollywood It-Boy—the bestselling author of a novel, Sarah, and a short story collection,The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. Both books were allegedly based on his transient childhood of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of his mother, a drug addict …