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Just Remember, Darryl, Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery

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Our old pal Sarah Hepola points us to Jody Rosen's story in Slate today about "the weekly alternative for Montgomery County" that likes to steal other folks' stories and credit them to some dude named Mark Williams. Rosen was tipped to The Bulletin by a Slate reader who noticed that a Jimmy Buffett piece Rosen had written had later appeared in the paper under Williams' byline. Rosen also noted that, oh, 'bout two years back, Williams also borrowed quite liberally from a McKay Brothers show preview that appeared in the Dallas Observer a month earlier. Oh, Darryl Smyers, I believer you're owed at least a freelance check. --Robert Wilonsky

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