I read an interesting piece in the latest WIRED, on writing by mashup, as promulgated by David Shields. That’s right, just like music and youtube videos and every other medium, Shields wants you to know that words too are yours for the taking.

“Q: Isn’t sticking other people’s words in your book akin to taking their fruit and throwing away the basket?

A: Um, isn’t the fruit what we want? Who cares about the basket? I suppose the argument is that by radically decontextualizing the passages, I’m remaking them so thoroughly as to violate the original context. That’s the whole point. Art without risk or danger or transgression never stays news, I assure you.”