Two conversations that are somehow partly the same
There is a very impressive Jonathan Lethem piece on originality and copyright here
which interestingly coincides with what I say in Superheroes
about the overrating of originality.
There is also an interesting conversation going on in jennyo
about the performative self which overlaps more than one might think with Lethem's topic.
One area in which it overlaps is the role of the unconscious - I don't think I've told the story of how I was reading a crime anthology Virago were about to publish and spotted that an Elizabeth George novella was an expansion of the storyline of a Frederic Brown short short story. I don't for a second think she was plagiarizing, nor that it was mere coincidence, nor that it was an overt homage - she had read the Brown, forgotten it, and wrote a story which opened out characters who in the hundred and fifty word original had hardly existed. And in that situation, who loses?