Cobra Club, known for its grab bag of clientele and indecision between being a coffee joint or bar, played host to a literary contest last night involving the reading of short stories that were to be judged by the audience (though, as we all know, Bushwick audiences aren’t exactly known for their literary taste).
Although there were a scant number of contestants being that you had to pay a $5 entrance fee and the collected amount would then be your “prize,” there were still enough people (roughly six–the “rough” estimate takes into account coherence factor) who participated to make it a fairly stiff competition. The winner at the end of the night, Jared Copee, a 28-year-old who works at BuzzFeed as a
ripoff artist list-maker, was soon exposed as a plagiarist.
The discoverer of his foul play, Maddy Knowlège, a 23-year-old grad student at Hunter College, immediately detected a familiarity to what Copee was calling “A Perfect Day for Suicide,” which was just a faintly reworked version of J.D. Salinger’s “A Perfect Day for Bananafish.” Knowlège stated, “I was absolutely appalled that people were applauding this man. Doesn’t anyone know plagiarism when they hear it anymore? Or have we become that illiterate as a society?” Cobra Club bartender and prize money holder Ricki Neutrale assured, “We will be re-holding the event next weekend with Knowlège as our resident plagiarist monitor. Clearly, you can’t trust these writer types when it comes to them being talentless and desperate for money.”
Written by Genna Rivieccio