Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Tony EvansNewsweek magazine suggested as much this week. And the magazine went further, suggesting that Tony himself may not exist. The fact is, until Tuesday night, when an Associated Press reporter was allowed to see and speak to the boy, his physical presence was little more than an article of faith for nearly everyone associated with him and the publication of his book. With the exception of his adoptive mother, virtually no one - not his editor, nor his publisher, nor his agent, nor his closest adult friends, nor the journalists who had interviewed him, nor the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which gave him a computer - had ever seen Tony. All of them knew Tony only by telephone. Newsweek defended its story, but promised to acknowledge any mistakes it may have made.
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For months Armistead Maupin had been talking on the phone with Anthony Godby Johnson, the adopted son of Vicki Johnson, a social worker whom he claimed had adopted him after his real parents were tried and sentenced for physical and sexual abuse. Although Maupin had never met Anthony Johnson, nicknamed Tony, he felt Tony was a close friend and one of the more inspirational people he had ever met, and their friendship was the basis of Maupin's book The Night Listener. Maupin was not the first writer to whom Tony reached out. The book was extraordinarily sophisticated for a fifteen-year-old to have written, and Tony was heralded as a kind of abused prodigy and inspiration for everyone. Although he had lost a leg and been injured by a stroke, Tony continued his phone conversations with well-known writers and activists, including Jay Godby whose name Tony adopted as his middle name , editor David Groff, Terry Anderson Maupin's partner , and Dr.
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Oprah Winfrey was recently embarrassed yet again when a memoir she had promoted on her television show and in her book club was revealed to have been faked. The book, "Angel at the Fence," told the story of a young boy and girl, each on the opposite side of a Buchenwald fence in Nazi Germany. Little Roma would throw apples to her little boyfriend Herman, her love keeping him alive through the horrors of the Holocaust. It was, Oprah said, "the greatest love story" she had ever heard. It was also a fake; the author, Herman Rosenblat, admitted that he and his wife actually met on a blind date years ago in Manhattan. The book has since been scrubbed, though plans for a film version of the tale are continuing.