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A New Yorker staff writer resigned today after admitting to fabricating quotes.

Jonah Lehrer, a 31-year-old journalist and Columbia graduate, released a statement today about several Bob Dylan quotes in his book, "Imagine: How Creativity Works," that flat out “not exist.” Other quotes were “unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes.”

Washington Post weighed in on the issue: Over the past decade, numerous books have been pulled, whether because of lifting material from other sources (Q.R. Markham’s “Assassin of Secrets”) or fabricating events (James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces”). Canceled books inevitably lead to calls for publishers to fact check releases. But publishers say the time and expense of reviewing thousands of texts, on a vast range of subjects, makes the process impractical.

New York Times also had a blog post on Lehrer's actions: In a statement, the editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, said: “This is a terrifically sad situation, but, in the end, what is most important is the integrity of what we publish and what we stand for.”

Earlier this month, I listened to Roy Peter Clark speak during a journalism conference about the growing need of a "Vow of Chastity" for nonfiction writers.

The vow is listed on with a short introduction to his idea. "There are standards of reliability in fiction and non-fiction, and it helps us all when writers adhere to them, and it hurts us all when they fall to the wayside."