• Emma mentioned last Friday that Brad Vice lost his Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and had his book pulled from the shelves after he was accused of extensive and unacknowledged borrowing from a chapter of Carl Carmer’s Stars Fell on Alabama. Now the editors of StorySouth, a web-based literary journal, are stepping forward to defend Vice. Jake Adam York characterizes the short story collection as “a clear case of allusion,” and argues that Vice wrote “his story right on top of Carmer’s, set his own characters in the very Tuscaloosa Carmer described among the very Klan that disgusted Carmer.” Jason Sanford compares Vice’s use of Carmer’s nonfiction to sampling by a musician.
  • Ratio of male to female bylines in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and The Atlantic Monthly: 324:99. Ratio of commenting to silent male editors: 2:3.
  • An interactive book of the kind Neal Stephenson depicted in The Diamond Age, where the words magically change as the protagonist reads, is still years away, but electronic paper is becoming a reality.


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