As ever, the Times notices a trend a few years old and reports it. It seems that trend pieces are okay to get scooped on… except… this piece… is almost exactly like the one provided by the Wall Street Journal more than a year ago.
Here I’ll feel a bit like Jorge Luis Borges writing Pierre Menard’s Quixote, if only because I just want to write that, but look at the comparison:
This is ridiculous. The lede didn’t have to be about a party of miracle fruit tasters, but TWO reporters from the Times figured it might be a good way to go. Hey, they’re in good company, right? But really? In the course of researching for their article, they didn’t type “miracle fruit” into Nexis and Factiva to see what pops up? Maybe not even into Google, where the Journal piece was sure to appear?
I went to Grier’s second miracle fruit party, which, conspicuously, went uncovered by the Washington Post. However, they might want to get in on the action.
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