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Episode 227: Robert Clark Young, Brad Vice, Barry Hannah and Wikipedia


This week we’ve got a real scandal to unpack: the strange case of a writer named Robert Clark Young, who apparently “revenge-edited” the websites of several authors connected to the Sewanee Writers Conference, including Barry Hannah. He was eventually outed by a reporter for Salon, but there are still several lingering questions.

A few of those revolve around the writer Brad Vice, who was the subject of a rather vitriolic takedown by Young, after Vice had been accused of plagiarizing elements of his story collection, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train, which was eventually pulped by the University of Georgia Press. Though Vice maintained his story was an intentional homage, not a plagiarism.

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Author: mikeingram25

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2 thoughts on “Episode 227: Robert Clark Young, Brad Vice, Barry Hannah and Wikipedia

  1. It’s pronounced Luh-Go. It’s a French last name 😉

    • Ahhh, I should have checked. Though it’s a true Book Fight experience to have your name mispronounced by us

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