The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism

All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated. . . .

—John Donne

This epic article about derivative culture by Jonathan Lethem appeared in Harper’s in February 2007.

Thanks to Will for hipping me to this piece.

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