Posted by Prince Gomolvilas
ON Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Don't you love it when nature writers tirelessly research and pen articles about, say, black-footed ferrets only to find years later that their words have been lifted verbatim and used in romance paperbacks like, say, Shadow Bear? It happened.

Aside from the above link to the story, the nature writer in question (Paul Tolme) also talks (rather amusingly) about "2008's sexiest plagiarism scandal" on NPR's Talk of the Nation, in which he claims that hot-and-bothered romance readers have been requesting pictures of him with his shirt off and a ferret on his shoulder. Who knew nerds would be considered dead sexy by the romance set? I guess I have something to look forward to.
Thanks for visiting Bamboo Nation! Want to stay connected? Subscribe to this blog via RSS or e-mail. Or join my private e-mail list for event alerts. Or do both of those things. Because if you do, you win the Internet!



  1. Cheryl Said,

    Paul Tolme says, "From dusk until nearly dawn we sat in Livieri's truck—-two dudes looking for weasels. Nobody said science was sexy."

    But if two dudes "looking for weasels" in the dark of a truck cab isn't the premise of a gay porno, I don't know what is.


  2. diana Said,

    For the whole, awesome story, checkout
    They're the ones who noticed, they're the ones who broke the story.



  3. Peter Varvel Said,


    "Is that a black-footed ferret ya got there, or are ya just happy to see me?"


  4. Ellen Said,

    Omg! Check this out! This is exactly like "Weighing Pork Chop- episode 6!" I am glad that this adorable kitten could finally go back home.


  5. Ellen Said,

    the URL for previous comment


  6. Cheryl, Diana, Peter: This is one of the most delightful news stories to hit in quite some time. It brings me joy!

    Ellen: OMG! Thanks!


Blog Archive by Topic

Blog Archive by Date