Writers’ Views on Literary Theft

The dustup about whether A J Finn committed literary theft when he wrote his thriller Woman in the Window is nothing new.  Writers have been accused of stealing from other writers since the beginning of time.
T S Eliot once said that good writers borrow from other writers, but great writers steal from other writers.
Hemingway observed that it’s OK to steal from other writers as long as you make it better.
According to Alexandre Dumas, writers conquer and annex other writers’ territory.

The House That Jack Built review

Though it is relentlessly grim and terrifying, The House That Jack Built is still an important work of art, since neither grimness nor terror disqualifies a movie from being art.  It is a well-made horror movie by Lars von Trier about a serial killer and, ultimately, a morality tale.  Von Trier depicts the murders the killer commits in clinical, detached detail and they are chilling to watch.  Hitler and Mussolini are the killer’s icons, so be prepared to be unsettled.  Think American Psycho without the satire.

MWA Brouhaha about an Edgar Award

I’m an indie crime thriller writer, and I’m not a member of the MWA. I also haven’t read anything by Linda Fairstein, who is up for an Edgar Grand Masters Award, but I have read Martin Cruz Smith, who has also been nominated for the award, and I know Smith’s a good writer.

Certain individuals don’t want Fairstein to receive the award because as a DA in New York she oversaw the prosecution of the Central Park Five in 1989. 

Since the MWA is a writer’s organization, it should judge the merits of Linda’s writing skills rather than her DA skills. If people have problems with her DA skills, they should address those skills using a forum other than the MWA.