Atonement?

This book by Ian McEwan is one of my all-time favorites. It appears, however, that he is in some kind of public relations brouhaha over his use of certain phrases and sentences from another author’s memoir. Here is the article in the New York Times. I don’t know what to think of this without seeing the extent of the usage. People are upset because it was “discourteous” of one author not to properly credit another. But, it seems that McEwan did give Andrews credit at the end of this book. I don’t know, what more was he supposed to do. I think we get worked up over some pretty minor things. This whole discourteous angle is kinda ridiculous when you consider the lack of courtesy that inhabits our every day lives. If McEwan copied whole passages, I would be upset but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

On another “literary” angle, I read that Duncan Larkin, who writes this blog, didn’t win the chasing Kimbia writing contest. Well, at least, a writing contest is what I thought it was supposed to be. Unfortunately for Duncan, he doesn’t teach and couldn’t get all his students and their friends and parents to vote for his essay. An essay that was, in my opinion, markedly better than the winner’s – a Mr. Ellis. It was a shame to see the contest turn into something less honorable then what it started out as.

As, someone said in a lifetime long ago: “It doesn’t matter how you feel, it matters how you look – and you look marvelous Mr. Ellis.” Form over substance; seems to be what happens a lot in our world. We just have to keep butting our heads up against it and hope that our heads are harder. Keep on plugging Duncan.

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My run today was a 10 mile easy run. I am trying to add some more mileage before heading into my 18 week training program. Yep, I’ve decided to go with Pfitzinger’s program with some modifications of my own. What modifications you ask? I don’t know yet. I will map it out this weekend.

Courtesy of my new toy, here is my run today.

Map of Eliot Bridge Mass Ave

10.5 miles/1:26:35

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What I am reading:

Again to Carthage, Robert L. Parker

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LCD Soundsystem, This Happens Gorillaz, Plastic Beach

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