Probably Don’t Want to Plagiarize One of the Most Famous Writers of the Last 50 Years While He’s Having a (Posthumous) Moment


They say Joseph Anderson, who heads the Clinton School for Writers and Artists in Manhattan, recited – without attribution – portions of an address penned by the late writer David Foster Wallace at Friday’s eighth-grade commencement.

The original speech, an edgy and existential look at adult life, was given at Kenyon College in 2005. It hit Time magazine’s Top 10 Commencement Speeches list and was turned into a best-selling book, “This Is Water.”

The pomp and plagiarism earned scorn from some students leaving the school yesterday to start the summer break.

“We’re a school for writers and artists. It’s kind of ironic that he can’t write it,” said eighth-grader Marcus Cook, 14. “If you do that in college and high school, you can get kicked out.”

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