On Kaavya and Widgets
Look, there’s no excuse for plagiarism. (Not even “it was unintentional.” Not when you do it 40 times.) But this lastest scandal has got me thinking that perhaps there’s a reason for it.
Perhaps when the book industry changes from an institution devoted to the development and promotion of literature and ideas to a corporate behemoth devoted to the bottom line, even authors get the message that what’s in the book matters much less than whether or not it sells.