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October 21, 2009

Our Toddler's First Poem, I Guess

So, early-ish this morning, our three-year-old and I were standing...

Anti-Plagiarism Software Identifies Unattributed Play to Shakespeare

How Plagiarism Software Found a New Shakespeare Play - TIME And the experts agree. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Shakespeare play!
Plagiarism-detection software was created with lazy, sneaky college students in mind — not the likes of William Shakespeare. Yet the software may have settled a centuries-old mystery over the authorship of an unattributed play from the late 1500s called The Reign of Edward III. Literature scholars have long debated whether the play was written by Shakespeare — some bits are incredibly Bard-like, but others don't resemble his style at all. The verdict, according to one expert: the play is likely a collaboration between Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd, another popular playwright of his time. Sir Brian Vickers, a literature professor at the University of London, came to his conclusion after using plagiarism-detection software — as well as his own expertise — to compare writing patterns between Edward III and Shakespeare's body of work. Plagiarism software isn't new; college professors have been using it to catch cheats for more than a decade. It is, however, growing increasingly sophisticated, enabling a scholar like Vickers to investigate the provenance of unattributed works of literature. With a program called Pl@giarism, Vickers detected 200 strings of three or more words in Edward III that matched phrases in Shakespeare's other works. Usually, works by two different authors will only have about 20 matching strings. "With this method we see the way authors use and reuse the same phrases and metaphors, like chunks of fabric in a weave," says Vickers. "If you have enough of them, you can identify one fabric as Scottish tweed and another as plain gray cloth." (No insult intended to Kyd.)

Sarah Palin parody biographies landing same day as her "real' memoir

Spoof biographies look to spoil Sarah Palin's book launch | Books | guardian.co.uk I love that the fake one is called, "Going Rouge."
For those unable to stomach Sarah Palin's forthcoming "mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics" Going Rogue, small US publisher OR Books has announced that it will bring out Going Rouge, an alternative view of the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, on the same day. Parodying the cover of Palin's memoir (subtitled An American Life), which sees a relaxed-looking Palin in front of a blue, cloud-strewn sky, Going Rouge (subtitled An American Nightmare) places Palin in front of thunderous clouds and lightning. The book – the title is a reference to the US newsreader who mistakenly called the autobiography Going Rouge – will see a series of contributors examine Palin's origins in Alaska, her rise in the Republican party, and "the nightmarish prospect of her continuing to dominate the nation's political scene", OR Books said. It will be published as a paperback and ebook on 17 November, the same day that Palin's hardback Going Rogue is due out.

New York club sued for banning black people from book reading

Blacks slap SoHo club Greenhouse with $1B bias suit following snub of author Teri Woods' guests
It was supposed to be a big night for top urban fiction author Teri Woods, who had invited 175 people to party at a trendy SoHo nightclub to celebrate her new book. But Woods ended up in tears when she found almost her entire guestlist being kept outside Greenhouse's notorious velvet rope. Now a $1 billion class-action suit says the partygoers were denied entry because they were black. "They should have just put up a sign that said, 'No Coloreds Allowed,'" fumed Kashan Robinson, 39, of the Bronx, one of the plaintiffs. "There was no reason for them to not allow us into that club, except for the color of our skin."

President of the Congo in trouble for forging foreward by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Foundation accuses Congo president over fake foreword - Telegraph
The cover of Straight Speaking for Africa by President Denis Sassou-Nguesso proudly proclaims "Foreword by Nelson Mandela". Inside, Mr Mandela. 91, is purported to hail a man who came to power in a coup in 1979 and after losing elections regained power by winning a civil war as "one of our great African leaders". But the anti-apartheid leader's foundation, which guards his legacy, said in a statement: "This is a false claim. "Mr Mandela has neither read the book nor written a foreword for it. We condemn this brazen abuse of Mr Mandela's name." Verne Harris, its acting chief executive, said the foundation was consulting its lawyers on the issue. "It's outrageous," he said. "Absolutely no request has ever been received and nothing has been signed off by Madiba [Mr Mandela's clan name, by which he is widely referred to in South Africa]."