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“As a matter of known fact,” F. Scott Fitzgerald penned, “I have always been an expert literary thief, hot following the most readily useful ways of every journalist in my own generation.”
And oh, just just how hot we authors are. Our company is expert literary thieves, also when we don’t understand it; we absorb and simply take and research. We take style (think stream-of-consciousness). We take plot (think The full Hours and Cunningham’s adaptation of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway). We take the “vibe” of something—using epigraphs being a real method to obtain the nature and energy of some other author’s work.