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May 24th, 2007
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Erik Campbell on Plagiarism
Here is a thoroughly entertaining and readable essay (in the full sense of the word) on plagiarism, by Erik Campbell. A fun, fun read.


A quibble: Campbell claims that the Bible, from Creation to the Last Judgment, contains no humor. Surely he jests! (ahem) I grant that the New Testament is a little short on comic scenes or phrases, but the Old Testament is rife with humor; you just have to know how to read for it, to get it. Some examples, off the top of my head: The story of Ehud ben-Gera and Eglon King of Moab is full of puns and comic contrasts between Ehud (and his short sword) and obese Eglon; Balak's ill-fated commissioning of the curse from Balaam (Moabites again! hmm...); Moses's duel of wizards with Pharaoh's magicians; Abimelekh's death under the wall; Achish King of Gath's famous cry "Have I need of mad men?"; and so on and so forth.

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From:jdm314
Date:May 24th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
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Judah and Tamar. Haman's misinterpreted supplication.

The New Testament has jokes as well, but they're mostly in the form of snyde quips about how stupid the Pharisees are.
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From:jdm314
Date:May 24th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
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OK, reading the essay, it's funny that earlier today entirely coincidentally (unless it was a subconscious memory) looked up cryptomnesia on wikipedia, and got more or less the same story.

Then while I was reading, I took a break to watch a Strongbad Email, in which he mentions a "step-headed redchild," much like in the essay.

Weird. Oh well, haven't finished the essay, but I need to get back to wrk.
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From:dorable
Date:May 24th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
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Judah and Tamar

I love that one!

Judah (sporting a huge erection): I'll send you the money, I promise.

Tamar (chewing gum loudly): Riiiiiight. Tell you what, you leave your ID right here on the desk.

It's not "funny"-funny these days, but it's a cute scene. You don't laugh out loud at Shakespeare's jokes anymore either, but some of them are lovely.
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From:jdm314
Date:May 24th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
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My favorite bit is:

Judah: Before I burn you alive, I want to ask just one question: do you even know who the father is, you filthy whore?
Tamar: No, but he left me these items.
Judah: ...... on second thought, maybe we can work this out within the system.
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Date:May 24th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
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Judah and Tamar

I love that one!

Judah (sporting a huge erection): I'll send you the money, I promise.

Tamar (chewing gum loudly): Riiiiiight. Tell you what, you leave your ID right here on the desk.

It's not "funny"-funny these days, but it's a cute scene. You don't laugh out loud at Shakespeare's jokes anymore either, but some of them are lovely.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 24th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)

Achish

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I think "Do I lack for madmen?" captures it better.
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