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Oct 24, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 06 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Which raises a final point: FishbowlDC’s assertion that Kendra Marr’s “career in Washington journalism is over.” The Scrapbook agrees that this has thrown sand in the works of Marr’s machinery for the moment. But there are just too many examples of former plagiarists thriving in journalism—Arianna Huffington, Mike Barnicle, Doris Kearns Goodwin, the late Molly Ivins, the list goes on—to believe it’s over for Kendra Marr.

The Scrapbook believes that there is no greater transgression in journalism than palming off somebody else’s work as your own, and, in a just world, plagiarism really would have blighted the careers of these offenders. But look for Kendra Marr to land softly somewhere soon—solid, conscientious, and eager to confess that “mistakes were made.”

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In 1969, millions of Chinese teenagers were forced from their homes in the city in order to live and work in the countryside as part of China’s Cultural Revolution. The work was backbreaking and -rations were tight, but Sasha Gong has fond memories of learning to make simple, delicious country cooking. A collection of delectable, healthy, and easy-to-make Chinese recipes .  .  . ” (from River North Editions’ winter 2011 catalogue description of The Cultural Revolution Cookbook: Simple, Healthy Recipes from China’s Countryside, by Sasha Gong and Scott D. Seligman).

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