April 27th, 2006

Val Spring 2010

"What's it take?!"

Spike's frustration in Buffy episode, "Triangle."

Good god, WHY did I watch Spice World on Sunday?! Now EVERY BLOODY SONG has been stuck in my head ALL WEEK!

(Granted, this has only happened because I got to know the songs so very very well the first time, but that's not the point--!!)

Anyway, so far, Kaavya Viswanathan is getting off easy! Imagine if Oprah had selected her book--!

Neil Steinberg put it best in his Chicago Sun-Times column on Monday:

Thus it was with a kind of befuddled awe that I read, in the Harvard Crimson, passage after passage of Kaavya Viswanathan's novel How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life that seem to have been copied, if not word-for-word, then with a few deliberate twists, straight from Megan McCafferty's 2001 novel, Sloppy Firsts.

Incredible. Viswanathan, a Harvard sophomore, is this season's literary wunderkind, or was. She seemed to have struck gold; in high school she snagged a $500,000 two-book deal and recently sold her book rights to DreamWorks. No space to go over all the passages cited in the Crimson, but in reading them, you get the impression she balanced the other woman's novel on her knee and stole away, brazenly. It's incredible and galling and sad.


And some of that bombastic (annoying?) laughter you'll hear on this weekend's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! will be mine. Yes, you're welcome.