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Posts Tagged ‘Edward Champion’

Jonah Lehrer’s Situation Gets Worse [Update]

Jonah Lehrer, formerly of Wired and recently hired by The New Yorker, is in serious trouble. Jim Romenesko pointed out that Lehrer lifted parts of a New Yorker piece from one he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, and the situation has snowballed since then. New York’s Daily Intel noted several other instances of Lehrer plagiarizing himself and now Edward Champion explains that Lehrer recycled material for his book, Imagine. Poynter also found that he lifted quotes from a story written by someone else:

An editor’s note at the foot of his excellent New Yorker piece on brainstorming says some Noam Chomsky quotes within it ‘were not made directly to Jonah Lehrer’ and that ‘Chomsky and his colleague were interviewed by Peter Dizikes for his article in the November/December issue of Technology Review.’ Gulp.

Gulp indeed. As of now, the only comment from the New Yorker is from its web editor, Nicholas Thompson, who called the plagiarizing “a mistake.” A slew of Lehrer’s posts on his “Frontal Cortex” blog also have editors notes tacked onto them. But how long until Lehrer gets the axe? He can’t possibly keep his job after all this, can he?

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Deborah Solomon’s Missing Questions for Josh Schwartz

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FBLA stumbled upon one of those missing tapes with the questions that NYT interviewer/fabulist Deborah Solomon really asked Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz:

Q: So is Ben Silverman the best hung mogul in Hollywood?

A: No, but he is supersmart.

Q: What’s your sex life like?

A: I go on the Internet and look for mean things that have been written about the shows that I work on.

Q: Has working in Hollywood made you more interested in coprophilia?

A: There’s that, too. My girlfriend is definitely a big proponent of that. I’m more into self-flagellation.

Q: Do you been play with yourself in the writer’s room?

A: Not really. I’m too afraid of getting caught.

Q: How do you ensure that your inane shows will always have an audience–do you pay people to watch?

A: I do. I give a lot back to U.S.C.

(Edward Champion has quite the collection of Solomon’s foibles.)

Edward Champion Exposes Confessional Blogs

Edward Champion wrote a thoughtful piece for Sunday’s LA Times on blogging of the confessional nature. In his blog, he expands on it, and one of his interviewees, Rachel Kramer Bussell, offers more thoughts on her own revealing blog and on her MySpace page.

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A commentor on Ed’s blog asked

How much confession can one read before becoming uncomfortably numb?

which inspires FBLA to ask:

How much confession can one read before falling asleep?