Joe Nocera for The New York Times: How to Monetize Plagiarism

June 7th, 2013

The New York Times
by Joe Nocera
June 7, 2013

This is a column about Jonah Lehrer, the 31-year-old disgraced former New Yorker writer who recently — sigh — landed a contract for a book about love. (Yes, love.) But I want to start by recalling another disgraced former magazine writer: Stephen Glass.

Glass was once a Washington wunderkind, who wrote remarkable articles filled with fabulous scenes and quotes. It turned out, of course, that many of the scenes and quotes were figments of Glass’s imagination, and that 42 of his articles, spanning two-and-a-half years, were either partially or entirely fabricated.

The New Republic, his primary employer, fired him. Other magazines that had published his work announced investigations. And, to complete his humiliation, a movie was made about how Glass’s fabrications had been exposed by The New Republic’s editor at the time, Charles Lane.

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