Mix, Remix, Mismix

Then take out the scraps one after the other in the order in which they left the bag
And there you are a writer, infinitely original and endowed with a sensibility that is charming though beyond the understanding of the vulgar
Cut out the article
Shake it gently
Choose an article as long as you are planning to make your poem
Take a newspaper
Take a pair of scissors
Then cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them in a bag
To make a dadaist poem
The poem will be like you
Copy conscientiously

Quoting and Misquoting

Notable Quotables” (Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 2/19/2007)

mentioned: The Yale Book of Quotations, The Quote Verifier

What Did Rasheed Say?” (Mark Liberman, Language Log, 6/23/2005)

Anatomy of a Fake Quotation” (Megan McArdle, The Atlantic, 5/3/2011)

Political misquotes: The 10 most famous things never actually said” (Eoin O’Carroll, CSMonitor.com, 6/3/2011)

Who Really Said That?” (Corey Robin, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/16/13)

Plagiarism on Purpose

Remixology syllabus (Judy Lillibridge, Bookforum, 11/29/2011)

Everything is a Remix “References” (Kirby Ferguson)

The Ecstasy of Influence” (Jonathan Lethem, Harper’s Magazine, 2/2007)

Purloined Letters” (James R. Kincaid, The New Yorker, 1/20/1997)

The Plagiarist’s Tale” (Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, 2/13/2012)

Plagiarism: Maybe It’s Not So Bad” (Brooke Gladstone, On the Media, 5/8/2013)

Copy Drama

Copy Cats” (Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 9/14/1998)

Something Borrowed” (Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker, 11/22/2004)

Jonah Lehrer Resigns […]” (Julie Bosman, The New York Times‘ blog Media Decoder, 7/20/2012)


The Little Book of Plagiarism (Richard Posner, 2007)

The Public Domain (James Boyle, 2008)

In Praise of Copying (Marcus Boon, 2013)

Remix (Lawrence Lessig, 2008)