It's New York Times wedding pages meets tabloids: Adam Wheeler, a
tale-spinning student who managed to lie his way through Harvard and
part of a Rhodes scholarship application, has the blogosphere equally
delighted and horrified. Tuesday's Boston Globe story detailed
Wheeler's stunts, which included faked resumes, recommendations, SAT
scores, transcripts, plagiarized papers, and more. He managed to win grant money and prizes until English professor James Simpson, reviewing Wheeler's Rhodes scholarship essays in his senior year, smelled a rat. Now, Wheeler's
fakery exposed as he faces criminal charges, the media scavengers are
on the prowl.
- 'Brilliant, Lying, Ivy League Manipulators,' writes Gawker's Maureen O'Connor, linking to stories of alleged plagiarist and Harvard alum Kaavya Viswanathan and Wheeler-like Yale imposter Akash Maharaj. "Is there an alumni club for that?" She later adds an update in which she reviews some of the details of his "farcically packed resume."
Resume The one everyone's talking about was posted by The New
Republic, where Wheeler applied for an internship. "We did not accept
him," reads the statement. " Click here
for a PDF of his rather remarkable two-page resume, in which he claims
that (a) he's contracted to write several books; (b) he can speak
French, Old English, Classical Armenian, and Old Persian; and (c) he's
in demand on the lecture circuit."
- Lessons "Obviously, everyone should start lying on their college applications now," writes a tongue-in-cheek Chris Rovzar at New York Magazine, since no one appears to be checking the claims. Some other takeaways include that fantastical liars should try to "know [their] limits," and that, clearly, "realizing you are about to graduate with a useless English degree can make you do pretty desperate things"--like "become a blogger," Rovzar adds.