Predicting the Apocalypse and the Future of Books: An Interview with James Frey


What if the Messiah were alive today? James Frey, author of the massively successful A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning, attempts to answer that question in his provocative new book The Final Testament of the Holy Bible (available April 22).

But perhaps even more intriguing than Frey's forecasts about the return of Jesus are his predictions on the future of publishing. The Final Testament will be released in two very different forms: as a $10 digital book and a much lovelier, spendier $50 printed book. Frey also plans to show the book off at an exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City.

James Frey was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about The Final Testament as a story, a book, and a piece of art.

Amazon: What inspired the controversial concept behind The Final Testament?

James Frey: It’s something I’ve thought about for 15 years. What would it actually be like if the Messiah arrived, or if Christ returned? Who would that person be, how would they live, what would they believe in, how would we recognize them, and how would society react to them? I don’t claim to have the answers. I just wanted to tell a theoretical version of the story.

[More from James Frey and photos of The Final Testament after the jump.]

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