Opal’s life, withdrawn

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.

Oh, I bet you’re about as sick of this as I am, but still, there’s more about the Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan, who admitted to copying parts of her chicklit novel “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life” earlier this week. Little, Brown, the publisher said yesterday it would immediately recall all copies of the book. In Slate, Ann Hulbert looks at the packaging and promotional machine that begat the book about pretending to be something you’re not.

Across the pond, Ros Taylor joins Maud in thinking that Harvard should be at least as worried about the material students are chosing to lift as much as the fact of their lifting it.


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