i mean really if you have to talk about how you've never embellished in your non fiction.... why are you writing? Everyone creates their own reality. It's even more true for creative people. The cruise sucked. He's not going to write that he just stayed in his cabin and jerked off to a JC Penny's catalogue for 3 days with the occasional Mai Tai and salad bar. I'm the only person who wants to read that. Franzen sounds like he's afraid of life. He may now think he's some artiste but I remember a quote from him about how if you're not writing to make money then it's pointless. Which means he's a flowery, painted whore for money, with is legs cocked wide open and America's head going in and out. Some of the greatest stuff ever was written with no financial incentive. This is a guy who's been on Oprah's book club twice. He should probably go adapt a Dr. Phil book for the stage and quit pretending he was rubbing elbows with Wallace.