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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Flap Over "Men Who Stare At Goats"

Jon Ronson and former colleague John Sergeant are now battling over proper credit over the book The Men Who Stare at Goats. Mr. Sergeant claims that he did much of the ground work in locating people interviewed in the story, and that Mr. Ronson presents that person as himself. Mr. Sergeant resents that implication, saying the agreement was for the material to be used in a documentary. Says Mr. Sergeant, "I never formally agreed for the material I unearthed to be used in other media," he added, "and I was extremely uncomfortable when it was, especially when I was airbrushed out of things. Ewan McGregor is playing this character who finds the story. [Jon] presents that person as [himself] but really, it is me." Read more here in an article from the Independent.

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