It’s okay to make it up: Meghan O’Rourke asks, “What’s the big deal with making stuff up in magazine articles?”. She suggests there perhaps should be a magazine genre somewhere in-between fact and fiction. (Please, direct all e-mail to O’Rourke that says, “That genre already exists, it’s called (fill in the blank with the magazine you hate the most).”)
O’Rourke should read the current bestseller, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. It is filled with examples of how Franklin spent a lifetime writing fictitous letters to the editor for his and others’ publications.