Dylan must have picked up a case of McEwan-itis while "writing" the lyrics for Modern Times.
Men marginalizing women, and then stealing their ideas? That has never happened before.....wait...wait...oh yeah, it happens ALL THE TIME.
I hope he pays for being so blatant.
Remember that there's really nothing new under the sun in the arts. Even the most inventive of artists are standing on the shoulders of others. If their ego doesn't let them admit it, well, what else is new.
One contemporary architect put it this way: Mediocre design "borrows" its ideas; good design "steals" its ideas. Perhaps McEwan.did a bit of both in his book. The identical phrasing was clearly borrowed. But it sounds like he might have stolen Andrews' art and put it to his own good use.
Who fucking cares? The ganked sentence is not going to make him ten million dollars. People should get over their pretentious selves.
What about the rest of the book? Let's judge that before judging the OMG SENTENCE HE TOOK FROM A PULP WRITER.
I'm gonna write a novel and quote Shakespeare in a paragraph. Hate me, Critics. Daddy needs some anti-love.
McEwan wrote a defense in The Guardian yesterday. It seems pretty clear that he merely used the book as a legimately cited information source.
What's wrong with being a pulp writer? Some of the greatest fiction started out as pulps.
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