Rodge Glass, Alasdair Gray’s biographer, writes about Gray’s expectations: “[H]e knows I’ll want to do the thing properly, which will mean recording the unpleasant.”
“The alternative career fantasies of writers would make an interesting study: James Joyce dreaming of becoming the agent for Irish tweeds in Trieste, Thomas Mann musing that he would have made a good banker, Samuel Beckett contemplating a career as a pilot.” And James Lasdun trying his hand at organic farming.
The head of Duke University’s Center of Academic Integrity welcomesPlagiary, a new journal offering a cross-disciplinary study of plagiarism. He hopes it will be an antidote to “the kind of marketing culture of ‘if I can get it to sell, then I have done well.'” (Thanks, Kevin.)