Here's the set up:
- "...extensive investigations by the Guardian's most senior editors revealed the existence of a transcript of a long-distance conversation. In said transcript, Mr Snicket was found to be talking to a musician, one Stephin Merritt. Further investigations, conducted in conditions of the greatest secrecy, revealed that this Mr Merritt had recorded a number of record albums under various aliases, and was the writer of many worthy songs, most notably those contained on his 69 Love Songs, credited to a beat group named the Magnetic Fields."
The Guardian with their dogged "commitment to the truth" have brought you the transcript.