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  • How to write a bestseller — like an ad

    Only the author’s name may appear on the book cover. But the book itself may be the product of team work much like a commercial advertisement. Writing a novel need not longer be a solitary exercise of a writer pegging away alone, putting down thoughts on paper. Indian-born Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan apparently received expert […]

  • Opal Mehta eats crow

    Time to eat crow. Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan has apologised to Megan McCafferty for borrowing words and phrases from her books, Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. I should apologise too to Harvard Crimson for questioning its coverage of the story. In my post yesterday, I noted the Harvard newspaper in one of its early reports […]

  • A teen prodigy & Harvard reporters who can’t count

    Indian-born Kaavya Viswanathan, a Harvard sophomore, is being accused of plagiarism after news got out that her bestseller about student life will be made into a Steven Spielberg movie. But it has also revealed that Harvard Crimson newspaper reporters and editors can’t count. Count the words in this passage from Viswanathan’s book,  How Opal Mehta […]