There Are Liars, And Then There Are Fabulists

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Len had led a grand life—dual citizenship in Israel and the United States, a stint in the IDF followed by apparent conscientious objection, elite schooling in Rome and Moscow, and the cultivation of a seemingly thorough knowledge in almost any subject you could care to raise.

Len was actually none of those things. Rather, she was a fabulist, which is distinct from your everyday, run-of-the-mill compulsive liar: “I would have given Len anything. A liar would have merely stolen from me.”

Read more about John W. Thompson’s strange friendship with her here.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →