Monthly Archives: April 2006

Book review: Field Notes from a Catastrophe (by yours truly)

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Book review: Field Notes from a Catastrophe (by yours truly)

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“Copy” copy update update


Gee, guess what? Megan McAfferty ain’t buying Kaavya Viswanathan’s explanations or apologies.

A piece in today’s Washington Post, McAfferty’s people don’t accept the young author’s claims of “unintentioally” reproducing what some might consider significant chunks of scenes, ideas, and words that seem to have found their way into Viswanathan’s novel, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life.

What happens next? Stay tuned.

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"Copy" copy update update


Gee, guess what? Megan McAfferty ain’t buying Kaavya Viswanathan’s explanations or apologies.

A piece in today’s Washington Post, McAfferty’s people don’t accept the young author’s claims of “unintentioally” reproducing what some might consider significant chunks of scenes, ideas, and words that seem to have found their way into Viswanathan’s novel, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life.

What happens next? Stay tuned.

Megan McAfferty

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The White House finally makes it official…

From this point, all information given to the media will be known as a “Snow job.”


According to the AP report:

President Bush on Wednesday named conservative commentator Tony Snow as White House press secretary, putting a new face on a troubled administration.
Snow, a Fox news pundit and former speechwriter in the White House under Bush’s father, replaced Scott McClellan who resigned in a personnel shuffle intended to re-energize the Bush White House and lift the president’s record-low approval ratings.

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The White House finally makes it official…

From this point, all information given to the media will be known as a “Snow job.”


According to the AP report:

President Bush on Wednesday named conservative commentator Tony Snow as White House press secretary, putting a new face on a troubled administration.
Snow, a Fox news pundit and former speechwriter in the White House under Bush’s father, replaced Scott McClellan who resigned in a personnel shuffle intended to re-energize the Bush White House and lift the president’s record-low approval ratings.

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“Copy” copy update

Seems apologies and promises of revision are not enough in the case of Kaavya Viswanathan, the Harvard author accused of lifting passages from the works of Megan McCafferty.

According to an April 25 Publisher’s Daily e-mail:

Random House spokesperson Stuart Applebaum called Viswanathan’s explanation about how she came to use passages from McCafferty “at best disingenuous and at worst literary identity theft.” He noted that there are approximately 40 cases where Opal mirrors passages from McCafferty’s works. Although Applebaum declined to comment if Random will file a lawsuit against Viswanathan, he said “Crown and Random House support our author in seeking a proper and full resolution to this matter.”

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