What, another one? I know it's been a hot, miserable summer, but some work needs to be done. I guess. To be fair, it's a lot of work to precisely copy someone else's work. I consider it the highest form of flattery.
I am loving this article in the New York Times explaining how to plagiarize. Senator John Walsh (D, Montana) plagiarized much of his thesis paper for the United States Army War College from other sources, including a 560-word footnote lifted verbatim.
But the best part is the detailed examination by the Times, which amounts to a Do's and Don't's Best Practices for all incoming college freshman. I have to admit to a bit of jealousy; in my day, I had to figure all this out on my own.
Our final Planet of the Apes post for this month (at least) is about Le Grande Singerie, a room decorated with all things monkey.
Says the Times:
In the early 1700s it was fashionable for aristocrats to keep monkeys as pets. They dressed the monkeys in fancy outfits for comic effect and taught them human tricks, like pickpocketing, that they would display on leisurely walks around Versailles.
“The monkey was like a dog, a domestic animal,” Ms. Garnier-Pelle said.
But why is Huet’s work so compelling today? “Monkeys represent man,” she said. “When we laugh at monkeys, we laugh at ourselves.”
This is the sort of thing that encouraged the French Revolution. Talk about your popular ape species uprisings.
Happy Bastille Day.