Month: February 2003

susan orlean in los angeles

Yesterday I received an invitation for a cocktail party with Susan Orlean, whose book The Orchid Thief inspired the Spike Jonze movie Adaptation, nominated for multiple Academy Awards this year. The New Yorker magazine is doing it and they’re inviting subscribers… So I call the RSVP line, and there’s a nice message to leave your name and number, and when it goes to the machine, it answers with “Sorry, this mailbox is full.” I tried a couple of times, and then gave up. Oh well.

Addendum: I tried again around 10:30 and got through. I think.

plagiarism in online fic

Yesterday afternoon, Maud posted a very interesting article about a weird case of plagiarism. The basics: According to an article in the Daily Princetonian, Seth Shafer wrote a story that won the Fictionline contest in 2001. A year later, an eerily similar story was presented by Princeton student Ung Lee to a SUNY Stonybrook contest, and it won. The story was part of an entire collection, which was written under the tutelage of Joyce Carol Oates, and which went on to win many awards. Within minutes, the article was being discussed on Zoetrope. Today, MobyLives posted a link to the same article, and even has an interview with the author. I think everyone would like to hear Ung Lee’s side, but he hasn’t popped in anywhere on the lit sites. The evidence is pretty damning, however: Seth’s story vs. Ung’s story.

writers on writing

Joyce Maynard describes how the writing process works for her. I don’t usually link to these kinds of articles, because I’m of the opinion that there are as many “ways” as there are writers, but she’s very articulate. So it makes for a good read.


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