Those little serendipitous confluences

I’m searching for books to read in a class I’m teaching this Fall, and I’m looking at Life of Pi, which won the Booker Prize in 2002. It’s been recommended to me, and it is rated PG, so it’s appealing for BYU. I read a review of the book at The Guardian, which in turn led me to an article about the author being accused of plagiarism because he borrowed the premise for his book from a Brazilian book (apparently without reading anything more than a review of the other book), and then, at the bottom of the article, there’s this, added a few days after the article was originally published:

The following correction was printed in the Guardian’s Corrections and Clarifications column, Tuesday November 12 2002

Our report should have acknowledged the New York Times as the source of some of the quotes.

Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle. Reminds me of the Notre Dame game where the announcers, perhaps filling some downtime, were praising Notre Dame’s sure hands, talking about how their coaches made them do drills to prevent fumbles, and—you guessed it—Notre Dame fumbled right on cue (and the announcer, mid-sentence, shouted, almost gleefully: “Fumble!”).

PatrickConnections07/13/04 1 comments


Dan • 07/14/04 9:58 AM:

Though it’s not the same, it reminded me that I like when people complain about typos by writing something like, “He definately mispelled a lot of words!”

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