This post was written by Friday guest blogger Emma Garman.
- In The Stranger, Ten Writers Admit to the Things They’ve Taken from Joan Didion, which for Matthew Stadler is – shame on him! – Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem-era hairdo.
- Brad Vice, a 31-year-old author in Mississippi, has been stripped of his Flannery O’Connor Award For Short Fiction after confirmation that one of the stories in his collection, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train, drew too directly on the work of another author, Carl Carmer. Vice said, “I am sorry I was ignorant of the principles of fair use at the time and honestly I’m still very confused about it.”
- Controversy-baiting author Professor Norman Finkelstein (Beyond Chutzpah) was yesterday heckled by Harvard Law School students at a lecture where he claimed that Professor Alan Dershowitz’s The Case For Israel is both fraudulent and heavily plagiarized.