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'Never Can Say Goodbye': New York City Is a Hell You Can Never Leave

Hell’s Kitchen. Hell Gate. Richard Hell. The signs (and wonders) are everywhere. Abandon all hope: New York City is a living Hell of renegade capital, exploited labor, racial hatred, institutional misogyny, and bodega cats. 1,217 more words


Words on New York: Manhattan through authors' eyes

In a previous post I shared my New York fiction reading pile, as I prepare for a professional trip to NYC, which will be my third visit to the city but my first for work. 253 more words

New York

The Slow Murk (So-Called "Writer's Block") Plus Writing Prompt, Submission Opportunities and News

(For writing prompts, submission opportunities and news about Wayward’s Eat! Eat! class, skip to the bottom of this post.)

In every writing class I’ve taught, both privately and in a university classroom, at the course’s 25% point at least one person goes missing. 1,947 more words


The Creativity Behind Uncreativity

Is uncreative writing, aka plagiaristic writing, really uncreative? In art, people steal works of artists all the time, but stealing authors’ writing is frowned upon. I wonder why that is. 279 more words

Mapping Out Lethem's Influences

Task: Try to locate the original words that Lethem pla(y)giarizes in the source you have been assigned. It will probably be helpful to use a word search function. 969 more words


Our words should be solely us, not a repetition of our influences.

After reading Johnathan Lethem’s “The Ecstasy of influence: A Plagiarism” and chapter two of “Rewriting” by Joseph Harris, you can find some connections between Lethem’s concept of plagiarism and Harris’s concept of forwarding. 394 more words

Lethem's Methods

Here’s what you came up with in class when we tried to figure out Lethem’s methods in his piece “The Ecstasy of Influence.” Keep these strategies in mind, and think about when and why you would want to use them in your own pla(y)giarism projects.

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