NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Jonah Lehrer made the following statement regarding quotes in his book IMAGINE.
"Three weeks ago, I received an email from journalist Michael Moynihan asking about Bob Dylan quotes in my book IMAGINE. The quotes in question either did not exist, were unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes. But I told Mr. Moynihan that they were from archival interview footage provided to me by Dylan's representatives. This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic. When Mr. Moynihan followed up, I continued to lie, and say things I should not have said.
The lies are over now. I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down, especially my editors and readers. I also owe a sincere apology to Mr. Moynihan. I will do my best to correct the record and ensure that my misquotations and mistakes are fixed.
I have resigned my position as staff writer at The New Yorker."
-- Jonah Lehrer
Publisher’s Note: In light of the serious misuse of quotations admitted above, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is exploring all options available to us. We are taking the ebook of IMAGINE off-sale, and halting shipment of physical copies.