A Million Little Problems

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Gawker had an amazing, and somewhat disappointing bit about so-called "memoirist" and the guy who let down Oprah, James Frey. The author, who was publicly embarrassed earlier this year when it was revealed that he made up large swaths of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, has just released the first paragraph of his book.

On September 4, 1781, a group of 46 men, women and children who called themselves the Pobladores established a settlement in what is now the City of Los Angeles. They named it El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula. Two-thirds of the settlers were African, of African descent or mulatto.

Not gripping, but not horrible either. At least, until you compare it-- as Gawker did-- to the wikipedia entry on Los Angeles. (After the jump).

The Mission Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles was established on September 4, 1781 by a group of 46 Spanish and Mexican settlers from Sonora who had set out from the San Gabriel mission to establish a settlement along the banks of the Porciúncula River. These settlers were of African, Indian, and Spanish ancestry of which two-thirds were mulatto

If you're planning on reading the book, you might want to avoid the wikipedia entry, as it probably contains spoilers.

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