Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Rewarding Incompetence

An indication of the extent of moral rot in the established literary world is the way Tom Bissell is not penalized, but rewarded, for his screw-ups.

His BELIEVER profile on the ULA is filled with inaccuracies. It wasn't just poorly researched-- it was more UNresearched.

Worse was his plagiaristic Harper's article-- the fact of Bissell's misdeeds beyond dispute.

Yet we find Tom Bissell giving a prominent review (of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell) in the August 29th pages of the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW.

A nice, clubby little world, isn't it?

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