Friday, December 2, 2011

Confessions of a Plagiarist

The plagiarizer behind the spy novel Assassin of Secrets offers an excuse. In a recent essay for The Fix, Q. R. Markham claims he was addicted to stealing from other writers. It's pretty much like alcoholism, he says. Only it involves big advances and even bigger ego-gratification.

Evidently, because stealing is a disease, rather than a character flaw, an apology is unnecessary.

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