UD began university life, as some of her readers know, at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

She hadn’t been there long before she felt the seductive pull of simply making up people and quotations for her stories. Listen to any radio call-in show to grasp how dumb and halting most real people are. Much better to use your literary talents to fashion Wildean bon mots in the mouths of unique and deeply moving human specimens.

Journalists who do this long enough, like this one from the Cape Cod Times, may eventually get caught. She has been fired.

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