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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:32 am 
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I couldn't help but think of this quote when I read this: Good writers borrow; great writers steal.” --Oscar Wilde

I also can't believe he sent TQF not 1 but 3 stories. As a 21 year old lawyer (if he's a lawyer), it's almost as if this was part of some copyright law midterm or thesis. Or, as previously mentioned, testing the editor(s) out. I think the latter.

I took a class on short story analysis back in the 90's. Has anybody here ever read the critically acclaimed THE PAINTED BIRD by Jerzy Kosinski?

Here was a man who, back in the 80's, The Village Voice was destined to bring down. He wrote a controversial memoir-type novel about his youth which involved incest and rape and getting abused and picked on, and this all took place during WW2 and the extermination of the Jews (his childhood). It was a fascinating book. It came out in the 60s. His success from that one book pretty much catapulted him to the upper eschelons of High Society. He even had a cameo role in the movie REDS (Academy Award nominated, and starring Warren Beatty). He blended in well with movie stars, literary critics, Hollywood producers, and played sports like Polo, Golf, and Badminton.

Here, scroll down, and check out his history:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Painted_Bird

The New York Times defended him, but in the end, he still eventually took his life.

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Kosinski's probably best known over here for 'Being There', which was made into a film with Peter Sellars. A long time since I read about the 'Painted Bird' controversy, but as I recall he never claimed it was a factual book (in fact he spent the war passing for a Catholic), but people interpreted it that way and felt cheated when they discovered otherwise. I wasn't aware of the plagiarism allegation until now. According to one journalist in an interview I read, Kosinski seemed to be man obsessed with hiding, which I suppose is not surprising really, given his childhood.

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Being There - bloody great film!


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