Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Plagerism as a writing style

Hard-boiled Poker has a thoughtful post about some recently discovered plagerism on the part of Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky and it's possible relationship with Malmtuths lack of respect for the craft of writing.

I've written elsewhere about the importance of language in communication of technical ideas, and I've written specifically about Malmuths self-delusions about the writing craft.


Blogger Dr Zen said...

Dude, what to say? I'm a publishing professional and I hate the way his books are "edited". They'd be twenty times better if they were developed properly.

The worst thing I ever heard about how Mason does business is how he developed Collin Moshman's book. Basically, he wouldn't accept it as a submission until it was finished. I'm not kidding. The guy wanted a finished MS for a nonfiction book, a textbook at that. I work in the textbook business, and that's just ridiculous. If Collin had had an editor, he just might have written *the* SNG book. He's a smart guy but textbooks need teams.

Still, that does mean that I get to write the definitive SNG book. Once I've learned how to win at them, that is.

11:33 PM  
Blogger DMW said...

I wondered why they didn't use their poker winnings to hire an editor.

Still, the example cited about the stud hand doesn't mean too much.

9:56 PM  

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