Was it wrong to present “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” as creative nonfiction? Is it a “true” story, as Daisey claims? These are hard questions in an age where our definitions of journalism and the journalist are being re-drawn.
In the first story of Ben Loory’s debut collection, a woman buys a book, takes it home, and is dismayed to learn that it is filled with empty pages. When she comes across a man reading the same book on the metro, her indignation grows. After she protests that he can’t possibly read a blank book, he defends himself: “You can pretend, he says. There’s no law against pretending.”