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Pam Am: Week 5 in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: A better episode than last week’s debacle, but “Pan Am” doesn’t really seem to be taking advantage of the sights and sounds it represents, especially in this past week’s Episode 5. Other than a few exterior shots of hotels that could very well be Hyatts and glamorous interiors that could use some more elaboration, I don’t really get the sense of “Pan Am”‘s visuals beyond the blue uniforms. London and Monte Carlo: Two cities that define mid-century aesthetics and luxury that leave much to be desired in terms of its spaces on the show. Every set looks matted and stream-lined, and I’m not talking about the aircraft. The costumes, however, were nothing less than magnificent, and Kate’s confidence was a very welcome addition to the cast. Laura, Maggie, Collette, and Kate flew with Dean and Ted across another ocean, into another flashback, onto another continent that just looked like another avenue in California.

JESSICA BADER: There was much less of a focus on the destination than in previous episodes, and it felt like a conscious effort to pull back on that to make room for character development. Continue reading

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Plagiarism

AKIE BERMISS: In a story not unlike the Tavi narrative we dealt with last week, we’ve been drawn into a great debate over the nature of art by 17-year old Helene Hegemann and her critically-acclaimed and critically-decried new book, “Axolotl Roadkill.” Now, I haven’t read it and I so I can’t claim to have any understanding of whether her writing is excellent or piss-poor or whatever. But what we do know is she appears to have supplemented her own writing, in the book, with largely unattributed sections of other people’s writing. And when confronted with this accusation — on of blatant plagiarism — she counters with the excuse that she is merely “mixing” (as if she were a DJ or hiphop beat-maker).

Plagiarism is a simple crime. Like murder, you’ve either done it or you haven’t. Explain it away as you like: crime of passion, temporary insanity, self-defense. But at the end of the day — its done.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: When I was 17 I also invented weak excuses for my objectionable behavior, and I gave them to anyone who would listen to me. It’s what high-school students do well (apparently along with novel-writing, when they’re permitted to steal passages from other authors). Continue reading

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