Q.R. Markham: It Was The Addiction That Made Me Plagiarize

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Q.R. Markham: It Was The Addiction That Made Me Plagiarize

Postby Samuel John Klein » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:59 pm

I imagine many here are aware of the plagiarism scandal that preemptively ended the expected-to-be glorious career of the spy novel writer Q.R. Markham, a/k/a Quentin Rowan, in that his debut novel, Assassin of Secrets, was, apparently ruthlessly plagiarized from other notable spy works.

Now he says it was his addictive personality … "the devil made him do it".

http://www.thefix.com/content/confessions-plagiarist-Quentin-rowan9278?page=all

It seems to be exculpatory in nature. But, to me, while "collage" is a valid artistic interpretive form, I think it fails to make a case that the plagiarism Wasn't So Bad Really™.

I think it also cheapens the idea of addiction being used as an excuse for doing it, which is what I see him doing here.

Although it helps get him through the night, I guess.
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Re: Q.R. Markham: It Was The Addiction That Made Me Plagiarize

Postby FrankChurch » Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:17 pm

Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mike Barnicle do it and we can't get rid of them.

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Re: Q.R. Markham: It Was The Addiction That Made Me Plagiarize

Postby Samuel John Klein » Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:07 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mike Barnicle do it and we can't get rid of them.


So did Mitch Albom, I understand. I already couldn't stand his bizarre banal bromides about the afterlife and dying. He had maybe one good book in him; that may or may not have been Tuesdays With Morrie, I can't tell … the tradmed made such sloppy love to it that I was actually put off. Haven't read it. Probably won't.
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