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?