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January 20, 2014


Shannon Mattern

Actually, Kenny Goldsmith (of ubuweb fame) teaches "Uncreative Writing" at Penn, and Shia's a [bad] actor! -- which leads me to believe that this entire article is a pastiche from other sources, a la Jonathan Lethem's "Ecstasy of Influence" in Harper's from 2007 :-)

Richard Prouty

I wondered about that possibility, especially in light of the recent revelations about Labeouf's plagiarism. You're right: Kenneth Goldsmith teaches the course at Penn. I figured The New Inquiry would have checked this out.

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