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The Sex Made Her Do It

New York Press debuted a new sex column yesterday authored by Claudia Lonow who, rather than thinking up her own weird sex question or asking her friends to make one up, copied the questions from a 2006 Dan Savage column.   Savage Love is published online in The Onion’s A.V. Club and, according to Wikipedia is “internationally syndicated.”

I guess it makes sense to copy from the best, but I wish more people would pay attention to my top ten tips on how to be a plagiarist.      Your career might be longer than a day.

The copying was noticed almost immediately and yesterday the New York Press accepted Claudia Lonow’s resignation.   Apparently “she was unaware that using questions from Savage’s column was a breach of journalism ethics. She has offered her resignation, and we’ve accepted it. We apologize to our readers, and to Dan Savage, for this error in judgment. ”

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Robin Bayne
    Jan 25, 2008 @ 09:44:56

    I remember her from “Knot’s Landing,” years ago. What a shame.

  2. (Jān)
    Jan 25, 2008 @ 15:29:47

    What a loser. Is it really that tough to think of a weird sex question? Maybe I’m perverted, but a few spring to mind. ;P

  3. Janine
    Jan 25, 2008 @ 18:29:58

    LOL, Jan!

  4. Lynne
    Jan 25, 2008 @ 21:31:48

    I can see running out of ideas after a long, long time, but to not even have a column for the first time out? Yikes. Why sign up for the job if you don’t have the vaguest notion what to write?

  5. Name (required)
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 12:39:33

    Hello, thanks very much for the frank and honest assesment.

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