With the recent presidential election utilizing such unapologetic plagiarism, one wonders just what goes on in the minds of anyone who so confidently uses others’ words as their own. Marina Budhos meditates on this issue as she details the shocking moment of discovering that one of her own writing students had committed plagiarism....more
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At Electric Literature, an anonymous writer shares her personal experience with a creative writing classmate who plagiarized other poets. The writer poses the question of when writing crosses the boundary between respectful mimicry and plagiarism:
When have I changed [a poem] enough that the poem is now in my possession, my creative and intellectual property?
Jonah Lehrer, who admitted to plagiarism and fabrication in his 2012 book Imagine: How Creativity Works, has a new book out. It seems that once accused of plagiarism, though, those charges are hard to dodge:
According to Daniel Engber, Lehrer’s new book follows the same model, cherry-picking results and distorting their implications.
Self-publishing has never been easier, and that means plagiarism has never been easier. Thieves are using self-publishing services like Amazon to republish back catalog or out-of-print books to sell for a profit. In some case these “authors” change minor things like character names, but not always....more
Until recently in Romania, prisoners could reduce their sentences by thirty days for each “book of scientific value” they wrote while behind bars. Now one man, who went to prison for fraud, is being accused of plagiarism by a woman who says one of the books he wrote reads eerily like her dissertation....more
Daily Beast journalist Michael Moynihan recently accused Italian journalist Roberto Saviano of plagiarizing lesser-known journalists for his latest book, Zero Zero Zero. The book, which Saviano is now calling a “nonfiction novel,” is an expose of international drug trafficking. But, asserts Moynihan, the book contains outright plagiarism, reporting “plundered” from other sources, and invented interviews....more
A man from Alberta, Canada, tried to pass off bestselling author Robert Mason’s memoir Chickenhawk as his own. And readers weren’t the only ones duped by Dennis Surrendi’s lies. His stepdaughter stated that the family had no reason to think his experiences in Vietnam had happened to someone else....more
Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is so beloved a classic that names like “Scrooge” and “the ghost of Christmas past” have entered our daily lexicon, and we continue to reinterpret the story every few years with everything from cartoon ducks to Muppets....more
Five years ago Lynn Coady published a novel with a protagonist drawn partially from the life of a real, thirty-years-deceased poet, and a experienced firsthand earful from an audience full of the poet’s colleagues and friends. It wasn’t all ugly, but it was complicated, as feedback focused almost entirely on either the novel’s too-close-for-comfort portrait or its occasional sharp departures from the character’s real-life inspiration....more
What do Bob Dylan, Eli Wallach and Nabokov have in common? Artistic appropriation.
And it’s not just those guys—but possibly all artists. Appropriation, recasting stories and lines into another form, is inherently a part of all art. Jonathan Lethem’s essay, “The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism,” discusses appropriation, plagiarism and the historically-relevant participants of this artistic phenomenon....more
Everything about these quotes GIANT dug up by Klaus Kinsky is amazing.
At TMN, this is what happens when you interview someone you busted for plagiarism.
Here are lots of reminders that the bestsellers of the past are not always remembered in the future....more