Kaavya Meets Aleksey Meets A Million Little Pieces

oddmanoutMinor YouTube celebrity and shameless self-promoter Aleksey Vayner went to Yale. Georgetown Law student – (really?) – and plagiarist Kaavya Viswanathan went to Harvard. Resident at New York Presbyterian/ Columbia Hospital Matt McCarthy went to Yale and then Harvard Medical School, so he certainly edges out his infamous Ivy peers for prestige, and with the release of “Odd Man Out”, his error-ridden memoir about his year pitching for a minor league baseball team, he may top – or at least match – both Viswanathan and Vayner for deception.

A few days ago, The New York Times reported that “Odd Man Out” – which delves into the particulars of “playing with racist, steroids-taking teammates, pitching for a profane, unbalanced manager and observing obscene behavior and speech” – contains evidence of “wide-ranging errors and misquotations”:

Several times in the book, which he devotes mostly to the antics of libidinous teammates and his manic manager, Tom Kotchman, McCarthy directly quotes people stating incorrect facts about their own lives and tells detailed (and mostly unflattering) stories about teammates who were in fact not on his team at the time. The book’s more outrageous scenes could not be independently corroborated or disproved; several teammates who were present said in interviews that they were exaggerated or simply untrue.

Is there a listing for “selective hearing” in the DSM-IV? More after the jump.

McCarthy recounts game sequences and player performances that were substantially different from what actually happened, including his own games. One scene describes Tony Reagins, the Angels’ director of player development, telling McCarthy that his contract is being restructured with incentive clauses. But a copy of McCarthy’s original contract, signed a week earlier, before he met Reagins, already included those clauses.

Embellishing scenes and conversations that cannot be proven is unethical but savvy; but lying about records? That’s just sloppy.

  • Columbia ’09

    Ah, Kaavya. When parental pressure, some intelligence, desperation and youthful immortality all sort of collide and produce a mistake you can’t ever really defend nor get away from.

    Seriously, budding novelists. Your book will probably be read by someone familiar with the genre– or a fucking work by Rushdie. Memoirists? The people you depict will likely have their own recollections probed. Go with the “loosely-based-on-real-life fictional narrative” if the truth isn’t sufficient.

  • Columbia ’09

    Ah, Kaavya. When parental pressure, some intelligence, desperation and youthful immortality all sort of collide and produce a mistake you can’t ever really defend nor get away from.

    Seriously, budding novelists. Your book will probably be read by someone familiar with the genre– or a fucking work by Rushdie. Memoirists? The people you depict will likely have their own recollections probed. Go with the “loosely-based-on-real-life fictional narrative” if the truth isn’t sufficient.

  • Y11

    Nobody will ever top Vayner’s douchebaggery, I’m afraid. If there ain’t a video of this guy hucking sweet 360s or serving 90 mph, it doesn’t come close.

  • Y11

    Nobody will ever top Vayner’s douchebaggery, I’m afraid. If there ain’t a video of this guy hucking sweet 360s or serving 90 mph, it doesn’t come close.

  • Lev O’Malley

    Unlike Aleksey, Kaavya’s no vainglorious douchebag: she’s a well-mannerd criminal.

  • Lev O’Malley

    Unlike Aleksey, Kaavya’s no vainglorious douchebag: she’s a well-mannerd criminal.

  • Anonymous

    Have you bothered to follow-up on this story? It turns out the New York Times invented many of the so-called errors in McCarthy’s book. Odd Man Out isn’t being retracted. They’re not even publishing a revised edition. The New York Times should be held accountable for such irresponsible journalism.

  • Anonymous

    Have you bothered to follow-up on this story? It turns out the New York Times invented many of the so-called errors in McCarthy’s book. Odd Man Out isn’t being retracted. They’re not even publishing a revised edition. The New York Times should be held accountable for such irresponsible journalism.

  • Anonymous

    Have you bothered to follow-up on this? The New York Times invented many of the so-called errors in McCarthy’s book. Odd Man Out isn’t being retracted. They’re not even publishing a revised edition. The New York Times should be held accountable for such irresponsible journalism.

  • Anonymous

    Have you bothered to follow-up on this? The New York Times invented many of the so-called errors in McCarthy’s book. Odd Man Out isn’t being retracted. They’re not even publishing a revised edition. The New York Times should be held accountable for such irresponsible journalism.

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