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Chess Czar Investigated Over Alien Ambassador Claims.

From BBC News.

Furthermore, I have a real love of literary hoaxes. I think they're marvelous. There is no better way to sear something into the reader's mind and to bypass their reflexive distancing of themselves from the text than to claim verisimilitude of something. The crowning example of this, for me, is Whitley Strieber's Communion, which whether or not it was real as experienced by Strieber (and we can all agree it isn't real as experienced in actual reality) is one hell of a masterclass in being goddamned terrifying. By this token, the movie The Fourth Kind and the no-budget Blair Witch Project-alike McPherson Story which it rips off, are excellent, because they tap right into a susceptible person's fear of alien abduction. A person like me. They're excellent despite being fucking awful. Of literary hoaxes I have only the highest of opinions, and when Oprah, apoplectic with rage, called out the man about his million little pieces I was so very, very delighted with him, and so very, deeply bored by the tyrannical, credulous cow.

Now I accept that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a little troubling, but one thing that characterizes these hoaxes is that they're always, always found out, because they're obviously bollocks.

I'm willing to allow that this casts me as a frivolous sort of man.

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