The scandal over the alleged fabrications in James Frey's memoir is unfortunate for Oprah Winfrey. Frey's is the first contemporary work she has selected for her book club in three years, having taken a hiatus (more or less) from living authors in the wake of her encounter with the less-than-courteous Jonathan Franzen in the Fall of 2001.
I think Ms. Winfrey is sincerely trying to promote good books, and these incidents are a genuine shame. But they may be signs that she should return to the classics. Ms. Winfrey moved half a million copies of Anna Karenina, and if she's interested in contributing to the culture, she can hardly do better than that.