From Holden:

I lack the sources to be an advanced Plameologist, but I am shocked at just how lame the two excuses in the following two paragraphs of Viveka N.’s tale are.

A new meeting with Fitzgerald was arranged for Dec. 8. Leaks about my role began appearing in the papers, some of them closer to the mark than others. They all made me feel physically ill. Fitzgerald had asked that I check a couple of dates in my calendar for meetings with Luskin. One of them, March 1, 2004, checked out. I hadn’t found that one in my first search because I had erroneously entered it as occurring at 5 a.m., not 5 p.m.

When Fitzgerald and I met last Thursday, along with another lawyer from his team, my attorney, a lawyer from Time Inc. and the court reporter, he was more focused. The problem with the new March date was that now I was even more confused–previously I had to try to remember if the key conversation had occurred in January or May, and I thought it was more likely May. But March was close enough to May that I really didn’t know. “I don’t remember” is an answer that prosecutors are used to hearing, but I was mortified about how little I could recall of what occurred when.

5 AM or 5PM? How is it that, while searching your calendar for an appointment with a specific individual (Lushkin), the appointment time would exclude an entry from your search?

March is Close to May? Calendrically speaking, March is as close to January as it is May. Is Novak talking about phonetics here? Does that mean December is closer to September than it is January? Why are word sounds important when she’s supposed to be building a chronology?