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Here is my investigation into The Fat Jew. This man not only lied to Katie Couric about "friends" who purportedly prepared Photoshop graphics, but it appears that every tagline he added to his photos has been pulled from somewhere else -- including some embarrassingly ancient jokes that have been floating online as far back as 2012.
http://www.edrants.com/josh-ostrovsky-plagiarist-his-lies-to-katie-couric-and-his-serial-instagram-thefts/
#plagiarism #fatjew #josh #ostrovsky  
An investigation into Josh Ostrovsky reveals that the "comedian" has not once offered an original line and that he lied to Katie Couric, one of his highest-profile interviewers, even as he continued to steal the work of others for his financial gain.
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After a brief absence, I have returned to writing about books again. I greatly enjoyed J.C. Hallman's B & ME: A TRUE STORY OF LITERARY AROUSAL, and get into what makes Nicholson Baker's work so enthralling, how Hallman has persuasively argued for more bold autobiographical criticism, and whether reading relationships based on literary arousal are sustainable.
http://www.edrants.com/the-charms-of-literary-arousal/
Nicholson Baker is a writer rightly beloved by many. He has published novels devoted to the magic of our daily world and outlandish sexual fantasy. But what happens when a reading relationship with an author becomes something close to arousal? A bold new volume by J.C. Hallman investigates the fun and the follies of getting in the sack.
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Harper Lee's second novel, GO SET A WATCHMAN, has caused many to celebrate. But are we truly honoring Harper Lee's legacy or becoming complicit in something else? My thoughts on the matter.
http://www.edrants.com/the-harper-lee-question/
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On the morning of February 3, 2015, ten aspiring entrepreneurs -- all men -- gathered at a Brooklyn Starbucks to discuss their great plans. This field report will help you determine if the loud men talking in your Starbucks are, indeed, on the same page.
http://www.edrants.com/loud-men-talking-at-a-starbucks-boi…/
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This will likely be the last time I do this. So I've put up my Best Books of 2014 list on Twitter. Here's the Storify link.
https://storify.com/drmabuse/the-best-books-of-2014
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After many months, The Bat Segundo Show has returned to the airwaves with a two hour special devoted to Stefan Zweig, featuring translator Anthea Bell and author George Prochnik. This may be the most epic consideration of Zweig ever committed to radio, considering everything from the Vienesse Secessionists to World War II to German adjectives that Zweig was fond of to anti-Zweig charges bandied about in the LRB. It might never have happened had not I received a large box containing Zweig volumes after I made some offhand remark to a savvy individual while I sat on my Brooklyn stoop. This show is the result of many weeks of reading, designed for Zweig neophytes and experts alike.
http://www.edrants.com/the-cultural-redemption-of-stefan-zweig-anthea-bell-and-george-prochnik-the-bat-segundo-show-550/
This special two hour episode of The Bat Segundo Show details the life and work of Stefan Zweig in considerable detail. It includes interviews with translator Anthea Bell and George Prochnik, author of THE IMPOSSIBLE EXILE.
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Michael Cho can ink a young man's complacent and beery look almost as well as Roy Crane and knows how to cram strangers together at a party in a panel. So why is something vital missing in his graphic novel, SHOPLIFTER? In my review, I ask why comics are starting to become more dominated by privileged narratives.
http://www.edrants.com/giving-the-upscale-types-the-graphic-novels-that-they-want/
A new graphic novel by Michael Cho looks dazzling, but doesn't have what it takes to embrace the human heart.
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It was the great Sheila McClear's recent essay that inspired me to come clean about something that has been afflicting me for years. I have a birthday problem. Today is my 41st birthday and, at long last, I'm staring it down.
http://www.edrants.com/my-birthday-problem/
The first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one and, in this essay, I come clean about some pain that has been clawing at me for some time in the hope that this hidden problem will encourage other people to be honest about the terrible lessons they learn and put into practice for years.
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"I have spent the better part of a day sifting through profiles and speeches and documents, speaking with very helpful and overworked people at fire departments and restaurants, entering into email volleys with university registrars, and chatting with Catholics. I am forced to conclude that NBC News anchor Brian Williams is probably not a liar. "
My investigative report on the Brian Williams affair.
http://www.edrants.com/the-case-for-releasing-brian-willia…/
NBC News anchor Brian Williams has been under fire for misremembering a 2003 Iraq helicopter incident. We investigate in detail how Mr. Williams has talked about his life. Can the news industry ever tolerate the human?
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I was extremely flattered when Leon Wieseltier contacted me to share his thoughts about an apparent cultural crisis in pizza. Reluctant Habits has published his essay, but I'm not entirely certain he quite knows what he's talking about.
http://www.edrants.com/among-the-distasteful-a-jeremiad-ag…/
We were very honored when Leon Wieseltier contacted us to share his thoughts about an apparent pizza cultural crisis, but we're not so sure he knows what he's talking about.
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The latest Bat Segundo episode is now available for your listening pleasure. I was greatly honored to meet Merritt Tierce, who has written LOVE ME BACK, one of the liveliest and most ferocious debut novels of the year. Our conversation touches upon why restaurant life isn't being depicted in our narratives, the male gaze, abortion, and why women continue to be treated as second-class citizens. The introduction features a strong critique of 2 Broke Girls's unpardonable sexism and the show as a whole calls on American culture to reject stories that objectify waitresses. And if that isn't enough, this show also includes one of the greatest on-air gaffes in the program's history, which caused both Ms. Tierce and I to blush when we weren't cackling at my slip. Seriously though, this is one of the best debut novels I've read in a long damn while.
http://www.edrants.com/merritt-tierce-the-bat-segundo-show-551/
There are 2.4 million waiters and waitresses now working in America. Why have our narratives failed to confront the realities of working in a restaurant? Merritt Pierce, author of LOVE ME BACK, joins us to discuss working-class narratives, the male gaze, abortion, and women as second-class citizens. This show also includes a strong critique of 2 BROKE GIRLS and one of the most startling on-air gaffes in Bat Segundo's history.
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I've responded at length to A.O. Scott's screed about "the death of adulthood in American culture." His essay leaves out some fairly important (and well-watched) presentations of adulthood on television, doesn't really define its terms very well, and exposes quite a bit of Scott's blind spots. In my essay, I cop to some of my own cultural prejudices and call for more inclusiveness (which one doesn't have to sacrifice cultural standards for).
http://www.edrants.com/the-zombie-adulthood-ideal-of-a-o-scott/
A.O. Scott's recent thoughts on the death of adulthood in American culture doesn't quite define its terms and leaves out wide swaths of artistic perspectives. This essay addresses Scott's blind spots and argues for an inclusive solution to the recurring problems of cultural engagement.
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