A look inside the mysterious case of 16-year-old literary sensation JT LeRoy-a creature so perfect for his time that if he didn't exist, someone would have had to invent him. The strangest story about a story ever told.
Very fascinating movie. It is a good example of how celebrity can distort the art/artist. It was the quality of her work that drew interest to J.T's work. It was the pop culture "star people" who clamored for J.T to go public. Laura Albert shares her history of abuse at the family level. a The abuse that comes from distorted body images from media, predatory capitalism,patriarchal paradigm, popular( consumer) culture. Girls and women who suffer as a result of this manifest the assault in different ways. I think that Ms Albert found a way to do her work in an alternative way. One that didn't include crippling medications, institutionalization, drug and alcohol addiction or suicide. Bravo....I hope that people recognize that the writing came from a talented woman who absolutely hated herself. She was hiding long before J.T was born. This is an example of the huge potential that the arts and creativity have in treating sufferers and survivors of trauma.
Learned about this film from Marc Maron's podcast. Amazing look into mental illness and the nature of fame. Did Laura Albert perpetrate one of the all time greatest hoodwinks on the art community, or was her writing the result of childhood trauma? You be the judge.
Slow to start, perhaps, but intriguing. And introduced me to the author, who I'm enjoying reading. This is a fascinating story of a created persona...in fact several...which allowed an insecure author to write highly acclaimed fiction without having to appear in public as herself. Unlike any other story I've heard...