4.14.2004

Blog Notes & More on Plagiarism

The Boston Globe caught up with s1ngularity (cursorily covers the debate in Poetry magazine).

Gabe Chouinard at s1ngularity.net (whose archive isn't working so page down to April 9 and 11) and Matthew Cheney at Mumpsimus have been dueling blogs on genre. Mystery/Children's writer, Mark Haddon, takes a crack at the subject.

Meanwhile, in a nearby parallel universe, Collected Miscellany (and again) and Anne Applebaum peer into the state of high and low culture.

Here's a strange site of amalgamated animals to suit your muse's chimerical story needs.

Here repose some interviews conducted with writers of Michigan (some are genre writers but I didn't recognize all the names, I'm afraid).

Here's infamous Dale Peck's supposedly last snark-stand.

Here lie many deservedly banned words (bling-bling?).

Rake's Progress and Daniel Green question questions of plagiarism and originality (in part, regarding earlier posts about Nabokov).

I wonder if Shakespeare, that most infamous plagiarist, stole the idea for MacBeth from the story of King Saul (I Samuel). Although I like MacBeth, I find it a one-shot enjoyment. I'm not fascinated by his villainy as I am with Iago's in Othello. The story of Saul's foretold doom (which also includes a witch and a ghost), however, is actually moving. True, he's been a bastard, but a more understandable bastard so that you care about his demise. (Alfred Harbage in The Complete Pelican Shakespeare lists Holinshed's Chronicle as the source material, but that, of course, does not preclude other source material or perhaps Holinshed's borrowing, etc.)

This, along with the aforementioned links against such calls of plagiarism, is why I dismiss those arguments attempting to dismiss stories based on old plots. Old is made new. If it isn't made new, that's an aardvark of a different tail.

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