Posner told the Associated Press today that he inadvertently used passages from Frank Owen's "Clubland" in his own new book, "Miami Babylon." The similarities between the two nonfiction books were reported last night by Miami New Times. Posner resigned last month from the website The Daily Beast amid allegations that he incorporated passages from Miami Herald articles in pieces that he wrote for The Daily Beast. A writer for Slate.com first noticed those similarities. Posner blamed sloppy research habits for the problems, saying he copied passages into files and then lost track of which words belonged to other writers.
"If you use something from another book, a statement from another book, it needs to be in quotations, or if you take something and put it in your own syntax and grammar, you still need to cite it," Posner told the AP today, adding that he would revise the material in question and would check the rest of the book for possible problems.
Simon & Schuster, the publisher of "Miami Babylon," said in a statement today: "We are reviewing the situation and discussing the issues with the author."