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Jonah Lehrer Resigns From The New Yorker After Fabricating Bob Dylan Quotes

July 30, 2012  |  6:00pm
Jonah Lehrer Resigns From <i>The New Yorker</i> After Fabricating Bob Dylan Quotes

Jonah Lehrer has resigned from his position with The New Yorker after allegations that he fabricated quotes from Bob Dylan in his book called Imagine: How Creativity Works, according to Poynter. In June, it came to light that Lehrer had previously reused his own material in The New Yorker’s blog—material he had previously published in The Wall Street Journal. Poynter reported that Lehrer’s resignation came less than an hour after the new allegations were reported.

Tablet magazine contributor Michael C. Moynihan discovered the discrepancies and stated: “I’m something of the Dylan obsessive—piles of live bootlegs, outtakes, books—and I read the first chapter of Imagine with keen interest. But when I looked for sources to a handful of Dylan quotations offered by Lehrer—the chapter is sparsely and erratically footnoted—I came up empty, and in one case found two fragments of quotes, from different years and on different topics, welded together to create something that happily complimented Lehrer’s argument. Other quotes I couldn’t locate at all.” Moynihan confirmed Lehrer’s resignation in a tweet today.

In response to New York Times reporter Julie Bosman, Lehrer has acknowledged the quote fabrication. He said, “The lies are over now. I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down.”

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