Reluctant Habits

How Jonah Lehrer Recycled His Own Material for Imagine

Posted by in gladwell-malcolm, Imagine, lehrer-jonah, Plaigiarism

Jonah Lehrer didn’t just borrow his own passages for The New Yorker. Our investigation reveals how he repurposed his own material for a large chunk of his book, Imagine.

Ellen Ruppel Shell’s CHEAP — Part Two

Posted by in cheap, Roundtable, ruppel-shell-ellen

(This is the second of a five-part roundtable discussion of Ellen Ruppel Shell’s Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. Other installments: Part One, Part Three, Part Four, and Part Five.) Kathleen Maher writes: I am not quite finished reading Cheap, but I have to admit that I’m finding it more interesting than I expected, seeing that I generally don’t read non-fiction and can’t stand shopping — especially for bargains.   I enjoyed the quick history of American department stores and such trivia as the invention of the price tag.  But…read more

Late Bloomers and Early Risers

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This Malcolm Gladwell article is quite interesting, if only for the wry way in which Gladwell suggests that Jonathan Safran Foer’s best years are behind him. One thing Gladwell does not seem to account for is the writer’s need to support himself with other types of writing that are more lucrative than fiction, because the writer does not wish to answer the dunning rap of a landlord. With rare exceptions, the landlord will not accept the perfectly reasonable explanation that the writer is, indeed, a late bloomer or a verbal…read more

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