If you don’t mind I’d like to hijack this space to consider Shulamith Firesone’s Airless Spaces, which I read last night in bed. As fiction goes, it is devastating, funny and sad, full of exquisite, piercing details. It pierced my soul in particular; though my friend Kate Zambreno, who recommended it to me, had suggested that it was akin to Promising Young Women, I had no idea just how close it would feel. In fact, after reading, I asked my husband, “Is it possible to plagiarize a book you haven’t read?”
What did he say?
He said yes. He said that in fact there is a name for this: Anticipatory Plagiarism.