Wednesday, April 26, 2006

i guess you have to cheat to get into Harvard

Schadenfreude fills the literary world as yet another child writing prodigy is revealed as an unrepentant plagarist(via 1st Post):

Sloppy Firsts
by Megan F. McCafferty reads:
"Finally, four major department stores and 170 specialty shops later, we were done"
From How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaayva Viswanathan:
"Five department stores, and 170 specialty shops later, I was sick of listening to her hum along to Alicia Keys."
Informed of the similarities, Viswanathan said, "No comment. I have no idea what you are talking about."

The Harvard response, via Prof. Werner Sollors of the Engish Lit dept:
"Three department stores and 169 specialty shops later, it looks as though some strong version of anxiety of influence can clearly be detected in How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life."

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