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Larry Gagosian Will Publish James Frey’s Book About Jesus

James Frey has circumvented traditional publishers and teamed up with art-gallery owner Larry Gagosian, who will publish just 11,000 copies of Frey's next book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, which Frey will also self-publish online. In the book, the second coming of Christ takes place in the Bronx projects, and the Messiah turns out to be Ben Jones, a bisexual alcoholic who impregnates a prostitute. After Jones survives an accident, "strange things" happen that eventually lead to the revelation that he's Jesus Christ, though he tells his followers that the Bible is "antiquated" and he compares religion to Satan. The novel will be released in the U.S. on Good Friday. Frey says he expects the religious right to "go crazy," although the religious right is probably unfamiliar with the Gagosian Gallery. [Page Six/NYP]