"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief" by Lawrence Wright

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Woo Hah Member

    Ah yes, book publishers, those darn Merchants of Chaos, always obsessed with making money.

    Luckily, Marty publishes independently, so he won't go PTS to those meanie-pants bank-rolled SP book publishers.

    < snort >
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  2. Anonymous Member

    he should get to PTS from the publishers that he develops cancer like some of the people this fuck “helps”
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  3. Anonymous Member

    I have no idea what this post means.
  4. Anonymous Member

    Marty = PTS of publishers = he gets sick = cuz he's PTS = hope he gets cancer = same that some indies getting cancer by getting "help" by marty's crew. karma in reverse
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  5. Anonymous Member

    Indies are getting cancer because they are getting help from Marty? Wow, that is some serious clam foil you got on right there.
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  6. This post gave me cancer,and caused a very cute kitteh to explode.
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  7. Anonymous Member


    You've been a very bad Anon. A very, very bad Anon!
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  8. Anonymous Member

    nah, indies work and help people ....
  9. Anonymous Member

    So about that book...
  10. JohnnyRUClear Member

    Poor, degraded Lawrence. He really needs some auditing and stuff so he can see through all that entheta and recognize the wonderful wonderfulness of L. Ron Hubbard!
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  11. Malory Member

    Current edition of 'Private Eye' (P 28) is reporting that Transworld has pulled out of publishing the book in the UK, acting on legal advice.
  12. Anonymous Member

    UK's crazy libel laws are for protecting the nobles from scandal. Get rid of official nobility titles UK, so you can reform those ridiculous laws.
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  13. Anonymous Member

    nobles fucking LAWL
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  14. RolandRB Member

    Link here:

    With Bookworm: "Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s detailed exposé of the inner workings of the Scientology organisation is due for publication in January in the US… The book, entitled Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, was to be published at the same time in the UK by Transworld’s Bantam and Transworld Digital divisions, but (although some online bookshops still list it for pre-ordering) they have pulled the plug, acting on legal advice…”
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  15. DeathHamster Member

    Spineless wimps! Haven't they noticed the flood of books that have come out without a single legal action by CoS?

    The last time that CoS has done an actual legal action in the English-speaking world over a book was decades ago.
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  16. wolfbane Member


    Can haz scanned copy of article plox?
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  17. wolfbane Member

    No, they partially suppressed John Duignan's The Complex in certain parts of the UK.
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  19. Anonymous Member

    Which parts were suppressed?
    And... let me guess... Sussex?
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  21. Anonymous Member

    The motherland part of the UK, as I recall it was still available in Ireland, Scotland & Wales. Pedro or Anchovie can likely clarify.
  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Top Ten New Yorker Stories of 2012

    By Michael Guerriero

    Here’s one last exercise in democracy for 2012: a collection of the most popular magazine stories on the site this year, as determined by the combined clicks of the Internet electorate.

    The Apostate” by Lawrence Wright, February 14 & 21, 2011

    One of the most popular articles of 2012 was published in 2011. Lawrence Wright’s profile of the screenwriter Paul Haggis and his departure from the Church of Scientology earned an American Society of Magazine Editors award for reporting this spring. The win, along with a summer of headlines about Katie Holmes’s divorce from Tom Cruise and the is-it-or-isn’t-it-about-Scientology film “The Master,” made “The Apostate” one of the magazine’s most-read articles for a second year.

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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    A Careful Writer Stalks the Truth About Scientology

    By Charles McGrath - Published: January 2, 2013


    His new book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Celebrity, and the Prison of Belief” (Knopf) is about the famously litigious Church of Scientology, and he said he has received innumerable threatening letters from lawyers representing the church or some of the celebrities who belong to it. (Transworld, Mr. Wright’s British publisher, recently canceled its plans to publish “Going Clear,” though a spokeswoman insisted that the decision was not made in response to threats from the church.)

    More at
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  24. Anonymous Member

    Fuckin A.
  25. Anonymous Member

    A delicious article snippet!
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  26. Anonymous Member

    Hahahaha. "Preposterous Lies!"
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  28. jensting Member

    (Rolls eyes.)
    Of course the threat wasn't from the criminal organisation known as the "church" of $cientology! It was, more likely than not, a super injunction, the existence of which may not be revealed, which is the result of a private court hearing and which comes from a lawfirm representing an individual (i.e. anyone, literally anyone, who is certain to be named in the book and who knows, ehrm, someone who can stump up the money for a "super injunction"). E.g.

    This is, of course, speculation on my part :D
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  29. DeathHamster Member
    "Doesn't fit with their schedule", right. They looked at the calendar and it was already full with "being a complete spineless wuss".
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  30. Anonymous Member

    Note to self: do not buy any books from Transworld.
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  32. Horseradish Member

    aka Random House
  33. The Wrong Guy Member

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  34. Anonymous Member

    You have to love it when the cult try to use a "superinjunction" (very likely by Carter-Ruck) to try to suppress a book exposing the cult- it makes copies so much more valuable over here!
  35. Anonymous Member

    also, it creates a worthy reason to put the book on the file-sharing networks.
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  36. The Wrong Guy Member

    Transworld cancels Lawrence Wright's Scientology title - Telegraph

    Lawrence Wright's UK publishers have dropped his new book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief after taking legal advice

    By Felicity Capon

    British publishers Transworld have cancelled their publication of a new book on Scientology, after taking legal advice. Lawrence Wright's highly anticipated book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, is based on his 2011 New Yorker article ‘The Apostate’, for which he interviewed the screenwriter and director Paul Haggis about his decision to resign from the organisation.

    Wright is no stranger to investigating secretive organisations. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for his book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.

    Going Clear examines the Church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, the church’s finances and its relationships with celebrities such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta. It will be published by US publishers Knopf for American audiences on January 17th with a reported print run of 150,000 copies.

    The decision not to publish in this country has prompted questions, particularly as Transworld had previously agreed to it. It seems likely that the threat of libel action in the UK may have contributed to the decision.

    Graham Atkins, a partner at Atkins Thomson Solicitors in London who specialise in defamation cases, commented on the decision: “It is more difficult for individual claimants to successfully sue for defamation in the US and therefore it may be that the UK publishers are concerned about prominent Scientologists threatening or commencing libel proceedings in the UK.”

    Transworld’s publicity director, Patsy Irwin stated: “Our legal advice was that some of the content was not robust enough for the UK market and an appropriately edited version would not fit with our schedule. The decision not to publish was taken internally.”

    In an interview with the New York Times, Wright revealed that he had already received numerous letters from lawyers representing the Church of Scientology and celebrities belonging to it who are unhappy with the content of the book.

    In a statement, the international spokesperson for the Church of Scientology, Karin Pouw, said that “The author and publisher refused to provide the Church with a copy of the book and showed little interest in receiving input from the Church during both the writing and the so-called 'fact-checking'.

    “Having seen how inaccurate his New Yorker article was, the Church asked numerous times for a reasonable opportunity to assist in helping making his book factual. More than 15 requests were ignored, many not answered at all. From the limited excerpts we have seen, the book contains numerous falsehoods and we think it wise that they chose not to publish it in the UK.”

    British libel laws have been long been subject to fierce criticism from writers and free speech advocates around the world. They are considered by some to be overly punitive, particularly as the burden of proof falls on the defendant.

    Mike Harris, Head of Advocacy at Index on Censorship said: "Our libel laws remain some of the most archaic in the Western world with cases in the High Court in London costing 100 times the European average. With high costs and an uncertain public interest defence, the publisher may simply have decided to back away rather than risk losing a libel case."

    He added: "The government is currently piloting legislation through Parliament to reform the law, but unfortunately it isn't strong enough. Even under these reforms, the chill on public interest publication will remain."

    Source, and open comments:
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  37. DeathHamster Member

    OSA always gets themselves an advance copy.
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  38. Anonymous Member

    Didn't Tommy Davis provide 47 bankers' boxes of "facts"?
  39. Anonymous Member

    Yeah, riiight... they woulda turned it into "What Is Scientology?".
  40. Anonymous Member

    And they totally sued over that inaccurate article!
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