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In 2006, The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked "it boy" wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn't actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert. From the director of The Devil and Daniel Johnston, "Author: The JT LeRoy Story" takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert-like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids-breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Her epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows and fashion events, ultimately revealing that channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression.

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Jeff Feuerzeig’s “Author: The JT LeRoy Story,” a documentary, offers a complex and deeply fascinating account of a decidedly unusual chapter in recent American cultural history.
140d ago
Feuerzeig lets us put together the puzzle pieces of Albert’s story. The film’s final five minutes — a punch to the heart — make it all clear.
140d ago
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So it is that The JT LeRoy Story’s apocryphal subject—a self-confessed former child prostitute and truck-stop junkie turned internationally acclaimed memoirist—still stands as ...
140d ago
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A reliable story from an unreliable narrator who has not exactly come to repent so much as recount, Author: The JT Leroy Story offers an insight into celebrity and iconography f...
140d ago
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“Author: The JT Leroy Story”, a documentary from Jeff Feuerzeig, is as truthful as it gets. Yet its content is so wildly absurd, that it plays like a work of fiction.
140d ago
Laura Albert, the real author behind fabricated sensation JT LeRoy, tells her side of the story in Jeff Feuerzeig’s endlessly riveting documentary.
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