The Hebrew sci-fi classic “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” was fake and fake and fake, but Tablet published a piece about its “author” anyway, with a full accounting of why.
Israeli writer Shay Azoulay pitched the magazine a biography of Jacob Wallenstein, whom Azoulay claimed was the author of the first science fiction book in Hebrew, “Blueprint for the World in the Year 2050.”
One problem, though. There was never a Jacob Wallenstein.
Senior editor Matthew Fishbane preludes the faux biography on the faux opus by the faux Wallenstein with the story of how it came to Tablet and how, with a few fairly innocent questions thrown out over time to Azoulay and other colleagues, the folks at Tablet figured things out.
Azoulay quickly apologized, Tablet reports. He just wanted to get noticed.
And he also got paid, a decision Fishbane says in an email to Poynter the magazine “wrestled with.” Read more