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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Joke Novels and their
Relation to the Unconscious

“That long list of excuses authors have given for writing a book that turns out to contain parts of somebody else's book just got a little longer,” writes the Washington Post about Ms. V. “Add to the ‘Oh, I thought those were my notes’ and the ‘I was in too much of a hurry,’ this one: unconscious copying.”

figures it’s only a matter of time before the people who assemble the ever-expanding volume of official sanctioned for-real no-shit psychiatric disorders add this one to their book.

"Unconscious Plagiarism: Debilitating recurrent pre-psychotic condition characterized by trance-like states during which automatic writing, much of it plagiarized from introjected material, may take place."