| Michael Moynihan
Milton Glaser, the artist best known for inventing the "I ♥ NY" logo, tells interviewer Ryan Kohls he never said
half of what Jonah Lehrer attributed to him in his book "Imagine." He also calls Lehrer's behavior "self-sabotage."
Well, it was so odd the whole thing. First off, I felt so sad for the poor guy. Here he was, his future guaranteed, top of the world working for the New Yorker, writing a book that had already sold 200,000 copies, and he shot himself. How could he have done that knowing it was inevitable he would be discovered? What kind of madness? Why would anybody do that? The self-sabotage to that degree was incomprehensible. I looked back at what I had said and half of it I know I didn’t say. ... If you had modest intelligence, why would you set yourself up for the disaster of your life that would ruin your life forever? He will never recover from this.
Michael Moynihan, the journalist who first uncovered Lehrer's fabrications in "Imagine
," corroborates on Twitter
: "A few weeks back
, I briefly corresponded with the great Milton Glaser regarding his appearance in Lehrer's Imagine. ... There was a quote
that was supposedly from [Lehrer's] interview w/him that appeared lifted from another source. Glaser told me that while ... the info was generally correct
, he 'believe[d] parts of it were picked up from other articles and parts were not in my voice.' "
Moynihan provided the two quotes by email: