Oprah & James: truth and reconciliation

When I began Realitynibs.com, I could still remember Oprah Winfrey‘s interview of James Frey about five years ago. For those of  you who don’t know, he wrote a memoir that was chosen for Oprah’s book club. As a result, A Million Little Pieces became an even bigger bestseller. Then it turned out that some accounts in the memoir had been fabricated by James. Oprah had him on again for an interview that Mr. Frey described as a public stoning.

This memory encouraged me to make a conscious decision about my writing. Was I sharing autobiographical stories? Or, as James should probably have declared, was I writing fiction based on my life? 

Realitynibs.com shares stories (or nibs) from my life, that are related to my ongoing recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I find myself constantly striving for a balance between honesty, privacy, and readability, without gratuitously outing others. There are of course a few people who are unhappy about what I’ve shared here. But the truth is that what I’ve written is a lot less sensational than what actually happened. For better or worse, my problem is not whether to make my story more dramatic.

Today, I finished watching the two-part interview of James Frey by Oprah Winfrey. Oprah devoted two of her final eight shows to this because apparently, the interview where she confronted Frey about the truth of his memoir remains the most controversial of her twenty five years. It was wonderful to see how far they have both come since. Mr. Frey went to France for a number of months after his last appearance on the Oprah show to escape the media whirlwind that followed. Ms. Winfrey came to the realization that she had been too harsh. She apologized to her guest, not for the questions she had asked, but for the way she had asked them.

Mr. Frey apologized too. The personal car crash, as he put it, was all his own making. It all left me thinking that if he could get through that, I can get through this…

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  1. Please bring back Inhale, or release it on DVD . SOMETHING! Been lonkiog for it for two years now , and cant find much o it anywhere. I am out on the east coast , and have NOT found ANY yoga classes , or cable programs that even BEGIN to interest me. I have tried many , and feel empty and bland after the class is over. Inhale was a GODSEND to me, and practiced it religiously for two years, and then POOF it was gone from the air. I have a medical condition , that is based upon much inflammation in the body. It has recently been atttacking most of the joints in my body , and nerves. When I found Inhale, I was unsure if this would help the pain I experienced on a daily basis. I heard things about yoga, and watched a few other classes, but nothing interested me. When I saw this program , and how much fun it looked like, I thought what the hell would give it a go! I did one class, and thought I was going to die lol Thanks God I was alone ( was cursing the screen) ..did one more class, and the pain I had been feeling in my back and legs was reduced by 50%! I continued for the week, and low n’ behold, I had 90-95% relief from the pain, and tightness. I am only hoping that you could provide myself, and others, who I am CERTAIN that there are many that feel the same, in finding that happy,uplifting feeling that we found in doing his program. Please , please , PLEASE release the old episodes.Or even possibly new ones? What harm could there be from it? Besides . it would be quite lucrative for you all! Why wouldnt you want that? I hope that you take all these replies and the mass requests seriously, and grant us our wish! Not all of us can travel to see him , or live anywhere near CA. Give us some positive sunshine back in our lives, and isnt that what your network is supposed to have been about?

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