New Yorker writer resigns after ‘faking’ Bob Dylan’s quotes in book

Updated: Aug 01, 2012, 12:19 PM IST

New York: American author and journalist Jonah Lehrer, who wrote for the New Yorker, has resigned after he admitted that he had fabricated quotes of music legend Bob Dylan in his nonfiction book Imagine: How Creativity Works.

Lehrer, 31, acknowledged in a statement from his book publisher, Houghton Mifflin, that some quotes he used did “not exist”, while others were misquoted.

“I told Mr Moynihan that [the quotes] were from archival interview footage provided to me by Dylan’s representatives. This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic,” the BBC quoted Lehrer, as saying.

“The lies are over now. I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologise to everyone I have let down, especially my editors and readers,” he added.

The writer’s resignation came after the online magazine, Tablet, wrote a piece on the quotations used in Lehrer’s book.

According to the report, among the quotes that were called into question, was one that first appeared in the 1960s documentary Don’t Look Back.

When confronted with the lack of attribution, Lehrer said he had been granted access to an unedited version of No Direction Home, a documentary about Dylan by Martin Scorsese, which he later admitted of not seeing, the report added.