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    Journalism: My work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Globe & Mail (Canada), The Times- Picayune (New Orleans), The Oregonian, and Willamette Week, as well as in magazines including Details, Vogue, Publishers Weekly, and Portland Monthly.

    Publishing: Tight Shot, my first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Its sequel, Hot Shot, was roundly ignored by everyone, but was a far better book. I'm also a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

    Stage: I was a member of the Groundlings and Circle Repertory West in Los Angeles, and am a playwright (see "Stage" in the right-hand rail).


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January 18, 2008



Hello again, Kevin!

I'm glad to see you picked up the thread involving Cassie Edwards and all other interested parties. Regardless of the outcome - and it's starting to look like the scope is pretty wide - I think it's important to at least highlight these issues to others out there who don't realize that copy+paste=plagiarism. Plus Tolme's article makes for a good read, regardless of one's opinion.

(Liked your review of "Them" in the WW, by the way.)


This, is Awesome, but ya know, it is what it is. Plagiarism is apparently the new hood-ornament popping of the writing world, and he is obviously all about the hoods. At least when he authored those pages, he is giving back by making it fun to call him on it through pay-per-click organic searches.

What an incredible, Perfect Storm. Way to be sustainable.

Just a reminder Portland: Don't be hatin' just because the man has some snarky comments. Even if, uh, he didn't author them. Originally.

Sheezus. I mean, can't we all just get along?

All seriousness aside (ha - another one) -- This is rather incredible. I haven't been keeping up with FoodDude and company for a couple of months now only out of laziness. Looks like I'll be hanging out on the boards over there for the next few weeks.

Cuisine Bonne Femme

What is just utterly mind boggling to me is that despite being caught plagiarizing twice now where he lost at least one job because of it (Jefferson Public Radio, who is very open that they fired him for stealing the content of others), Stein just keeps at it like he won't get caught again or doesn't care.

Outside of the plagiarism thing, why the hell would you have a business that is dependent on good publicity and write things on your blog that will negatively affect your business? How can Stein think that by publicly criticizing his staff, his diners, his PR company and his food purveyors on his blog that this will possibly help his business? As food dude said, Stein is creating his own bad press and then blaming it on everyone else.

Either Stein is crazy or stupid, or both.

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