Devil in Details

Details magazine and writer Kurt Andersen have been the victim of an elaborate hoax. The magazine printed an essay with Andersen’s byline entitled “Dudes Who Dish.” Only problem was, he didn’t write it. After someone posing as Anderson e-mailed the magazine, an assignment was made, the piece submitted and the copy fact-checked entirely through e-mail. “This type of thing-unfortunately, given the frequency people use e-mail ? is scary and can happen to everybody,” Details editor in chief Daniel Peres said. Actually, only to those who aren’t careful and rely too heavily on e-mail. As The New York Observer’s Sridhar Pappu points out: “The irony of Details’ plight is that in the end, his magazine could have avoided a lot of trouble by using an old, underrated device: the telephone.”

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