Now we have literary "mixing" too

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 13 17:23:28 UTC 2010

The hiphop word is "sampling."

"There's no such thing as originality anyway" is an odd sentiment for a
publisher to endorse.


On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 12:17 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

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> Subject:      Now we have literary "mixing" too
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> Now we have literary "mixing" too.  (Or perhaps
> this is not new to ADS-Lers?)  I'm not sure
> whether "mixing" as used in the headline, or
> "mixes" as in the article, are sufficient for the
> OED.  But perhaps it will spread -- or does it
> exist already?.  (Hegemann, being German,
> presumably has not said "mixing" in English.)
> A version of this article appeared in print on
> February 12, 2010, on page A4 of the New York
> edition (it doesn't seem to be in the New England edition.)
> Headline:  Author, 17, Says It's "Mixing," Not Plagiarism
> BERLIN — It usually takes an author decades to
> win fawning reviews, march up the best-seller
> list and become a finalist for a major book
> prize. Helene Hegemann, just 17, did it with her
> first book, all in the space of a few weeks, and
> despite a savaging from critics over plagiarism.
> ...
> Although Ms. Hegemann has apologized for not
> being more open about her sources, she has also
> defended herself as the representative of a
> different generation, one that freely mixes and
> matches from the whirring flood of information
> across new and old media, to create something
> new. “There’s no such thing as originality
> anyway, just authenticity,” said Ms. Hegemann in
> a statement released by her publisher after the scandal broke.
> Joel
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