The strange thing about finding these duplications is that it’s rather easy, as I discovered: take passages from Lehrer’s work—focus on famous quotations, distinctive anecdotes, or proper names—and paste them into Google. Useful results rise to the top, and it quickly becomes clear that, for Lehrer, this self-plagiarism is a habit, if not an explicit methodology.
Jacob Silverman reports on the fallout at The New Yorker from bestselling author Jonah Lehrer’s self-plagiarism deceptions.