How May We Hate You?
Author Malcolm Gladwell (Tipping Point; Outliers) accuses Dave Hill of plagiarism on Dick Cavett's new talk show.
- June 15, 2016
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June 15, 2016
Dick Cavett: Hi, I'm Dick Cavett.
Dick Cavett: This is my new, sort of
brief syndicated chat show
Dick Cavett: about books and such things.
It's called Books Can Be Your Buddies.
Dick Cavett: Plagiarism might be a
theme of today's conversation.
Dick Cavett: Dick: Malcolm Gladwell.
Dick Cavett: Dave Hill.
Malcolm Gladwell: Malcolm: Dick, it
pains me to do this, but
Malcolm Gladwell: I've been reading Dave Hill's new book,
Malcolm Gladwell: Dave Hill Doesn't
Live Here Anymore, and...
Dave Hill: Good right?
Malcolm Gladwell: There are whole sections that
seem to be lifted, word for word from...
Malcolm Gladwell: from my own books.
On one of the first pages is this little bit
Malcolm Gladwell: about, "Life can be crazy sometimes.
Malcolm Gladwell: One minute you're lying
around in your underwear
Malcolm Gladwell: in your apartment in
New York City, while getting
Malcolm Gladwell: verbally smacked
around by that Suze Orman.
Malcolm Gladwell: The next time, you're deep
inside the bowels of a Mexican prison,
Malcolm Gladwell: drenched in sweat, and
surrounded by inmates..."
Malcolm Gladwell: I wrote that.
Malcolm Gladwell: That's word for word from Blink.
Dave Hill: There's other books
besides The Tipping Point?
Malcolm Gladwell: But there's a line here,
"Next thing I knew I was flat on my back
Malcolm Gladwell: trying to stop Lance, the
neighbors Amaris Siberian Husky
Malcolm Gladwell: from robbing me of my innocence..."
Malcolm Gladwell: That happened to me.
Dave Hill: If wanted to write, uh,
Dave Hill: like Malcolm Gladwell,
this is what I would do it.
Dave Hill: I would be like, um, blah blah blah,
everyone is stupid, but me. [giggles]
Dave Hill: Give me a million dollars. There you go.
Malcolm Gladwell: I suppose I should
go to the New York Times.
Malcolm Gladwell: I suppose I should call a lawyer.
Dave Hill: What I think is cool is you can
get Malcolm's books at the airport.
Dave Hill: You can also get Hustler at the airport.
Malcolm Gladwell: I mean, where do you go from
here, after you've committed this
Malcolm Gladwell: kind of moral obscenity?
I mean, can you sink any lower?
Dave Hill: Where do I go from here literally?
Dave Hill: I'm probably going to
go hang out with some hot chicks.
Malcolm Gladwell: I almost feel like I can't
open a book anymore out of fear
Malcolm Gladwell: that someone has just lifted my own words,
and tried to represent them as their own.
Malcolm Gladwell: I mean it's... it's turned me
into really a shadow of who I once was.
[Dave is cracking up]
Malcolm Gladwell: What you want in your social
commentators and your comics is
Malcolm Gladwell: some sense of seriousness of purpose.
Malcolm Gladwell: Some commitment to the truth.
-Shred of decency.
-And this is what... this is what Dave Hill gives us.
Dick Cavett: It's the old pecker attack.
Malcolm Gladwell: You and... you and Dave,
you're in cahoots on it.
-To you it's just a big... .
-Well, we have a summer share if that's what you mean.
Malcolm Gladwell: It's a big joke.
Dick Cavett: I've known him longer than
I've known you, so I feel sympathy
Dick Cavett: for him, and some of his short comings.
Dave Hill: What does that even mean?
Dick Cavett: I wish I knew.
Dave Hill: Dave: By the Malcolm, I love that jacket.
Dave Hill: Did you join a grade
school track team?
Malcolm Gladwell: I mean, it's pointless...
I don't even know why I'm here.
Malcolm Gladwell: I mean this whole...
Malcolm Gladwell: This whole thing is
Dick Cavett: Did we hurt his feelings?
Dave Hill: I don't know.
Dick Cavett: Well, that was an interesting session.
Dave Hill: You didn't really buy
any of that crap did you?
Dick Cavett: I bought some of it.
Dave Hill: I just thought he seemed kind of drunk.
Dick Cavett: Well, I guess we should probably let the
audience go home now, the studio audience.
Dick Cavett: You can all go folks.
Dave Hill: We've been taping this whole time?