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VICE: “JAMES FREY’S IMAGINING OF THE SECOND COMING IS FUCKING BONKERS”

from VICE Magazine

THE GOSPEL OF GLUT

JAMES FREY’S IMAGINING OF THE SECOND COMING IS FUCKING BONKERS

Published April, 2011

INTERVIEW BY ROCCO CASTORO
PORTRAIT BY TERRY RICHARDSON

I’m sitting in a conference room at the Vice Brooklyn office across from James Frey. We’re talking, and I’m still not sure exactly how or why this meeting happened, but I’m listening closely. The main topic of our discussion is his new novel, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, which is about the emergence of a radical new Messiah in modern-day New York City. For the first ten minutes or so, his constant chewing of Nicorette distracts me. I get over it quickly, but by my count he goes through at least five pieces in 45 minutes. I can’t figure out whether he is scared about something or the world’s biggest nicotine fiend, and after spending some more time with him I think he might be both.

Besides his new book, James and I also touch on a random assortment of topics: his plan to bypass the publishing industry (at least in America), whether he perpetuates the controversy that seems to follow his every move, why he is wearing an outlandish fur coat, his struggles with religion, his admiration for William T. Vollmann, the art world, and other miscellaneous crap.

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Posted on April 20, 2011 by Editor

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