Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Staggering Saga of Epic Sock-puppetry

Eric Naiman's detective work uncovers a web of academic and literary sock-puppetry stretching across three decades, featuring bad sex scenes, fake footnotes, a drawer full of sock-puppets, faked death, a faked car accident, nipple descriptions as a sock-puppet diagnostic, an invented meeting between Dickens and Dostoevsky, lies, revenge, pirates and sword fights. Well, probably not the last two.

It's like an academic and literary version of the rat bastard click farmers who create a network of bogus interlinked sites to improve their Google rank.

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