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“As a matter of known fact,” F. Scott Fitzgerald had written, “I have always been a expert literary thief, hot following the most readily useful ways of every journalist in my own generation.”
And oh, how hot we article writers are. We have been expert literary thieves, also it; we absorb and take and study if we don’t know. We take style (think stream-of-consciousness). We steal plot (think The Hours and Cunningham’s adaptation of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway). We take the “vibe” of something—using epigraphs as being a real way to obtain the character and power of some other author’s work. Therefore we take nerve. We’ve probably all felt exhilarated after reading an writer whom makes us feel differently.