Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Plagiarizing The McFrey Incident

Plagiarism, our new American shame-industry:

A Harvard University student’s “chick lit” novel has been permanently withdrawn and her two-book deal canceled, publisher Little, Brown and Co. announced Tuesday, as allegations of literary borrowing proliferated against Kaavya Viswanathan’s “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life.”

Viswanathan, who was 17 when she signed the deal, did not immediately return calls seeking comment Tuesday.

Meanwhile, The Record of Bergen County said Tuesday that it will review the news articles Visvanathan wrote for the 180,000-circulation daily paper in northern New Jersey while an intern in 2003 and 2004.

Editor Frank Scandale said The Record, which has written several of its own articles about the plagiarism allegations, will hire a service to vet the dozen or so light features she wrote while one of about 18 interns at the paper.

If the girl plagiarized, she shouldn't be published. But this is news...why?

Because we Americans need more shame. It just feels so good to wallow in the misfortune of others. Mmmm...It's so soft and warm.

Expect more of this shitake.


At 11:08 AM, Blogger namaste said...

thought i might catch up to you here. now a fellow blogger ( hope you are well. -- rm, trin '98


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