The New Yorker Fact Checks Scientology

This is getting plenty of coverage, but I’m posting it so you don’t miss the back story.  Lawrence Wright’s article on Scientology — prompted by screenwriter Paul Haggis’s departure from it — appears in this week’s New Yorker.

Writer Friends Take Note:  The story behind the story — the one that tells what it took for Wright to get from that first request for an interview to publication — blew my mind.  Listen to him talk about it here:  Wright’s 20 minute interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

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5 thoughts on “The New Yorker Fact Checks Scientology

  1. Downith

    Listened to the piece while I had my lunch. I would have hated to be one of those fact checkers going through all those documents. Don’t mess with the Scientologists.

    I skimmed the article -what a trip down TV memory lane from Welcome Back Kotter to thirty-something… Haggis has worked on some amazing films too – who knew he came from London, Ontario? – that’s where I did my law degree.

  2. MacDougal Street Baby

    It takes so much courage to stand up to a bully who you’ve thought of as a friend your whole life. I admire Paul Haggis’s strength. You have to wonder where his wife stands with all of this, especially when it comes to her own parents.

  3. Teri Post author

    And can you believe all the documents they showed up with — 7 linear feet — at the New Yorker offices?! That’s a 10 hour meeting I’d have paid to sit in on.

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