The Vulture wonders whether Million Little Pieces author James Frey, who is currently writing a six-part sci-fi series under the pseudonym "Pittacus Lore," is also writing books as John Twelve Hawks, a bestselling sci-fi author who has never been photographed or interviewed because he supposedly "lives off the grid." Frey's statement on the matter is ambiguous:

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"I will neither confirm nor deny that I am John Twelve Hawks, Pittacus Lore, or anyone else ... I will say that I have done, and I am continuing to do, projects that will come out anonymously or with invented names on them.”

I couldn't finish Hawks's first novel, The Traveler; I thought the author bio was the most exciting thing about it. I'm of two minds about this: I think that Frey's statement is pandering for attention, which makes me not want to trust him. But Frey is probably a more industrious author than you'd think. When he read at Town Hall years ago for My Friend Leonard (pre-Oprah-hysteria), he said he wanted to put out a book every year, and he has suggested on multiple occasions that he writes a lot, every day. If Frey did pull this off—writing a successful series in a voice that sounds absolutely nothing like his own writing voice—he's a better writer than most of us ever would have guessed.