Nothing James Frey says surprises me anymore, but he has a new collaborative book/photo project coming out and as always seems to be the case when he's promoting something new, well, he steps in it:
"I'm much more part of the art world than I am the literary world," Frey said before the duo's Thursday night talk at Manhattan's Strand Bookstore. "I wanted to make a cool, sort of radical, fun art book. I have no interest in being called a memoirist. I'm a writer."
Does anyone call him a memoirist anymore? But, surprisingly, there's more:
"The idea was just to do a cool book that would piss people off," Frey said. "People who appreciate what Terry [Richardson] and I do would love it and people who don't, would hate it." So, what's next for the pair of provocateurs?
"I'm working on another book and a TV project," Frey said. "The book's about a 32-year old secular Jew in New York who comes to believe he's the messiah."