Jonah Lehrer Gets a Book Deal

Screen-Shot-2013-02-12-at-2.07.06-PM-300x256Jonah Lehrer, serial plagiarizer and Bob Dylan quote generator, has a book deal. According to the AP, Portfolio — a Penguin Random House imprint — has acquired The Digital Mind: How We Think and Behave Differently on Screens, written by Lehrer and Shlomo Benartzi.

Benartzi is a UCLA professor and co-chair of the Behavioral Decision-Making Group at the school’s Anderson School of Management. He said Lehrer’s past — he was forced to resign from The New Yorker after being busted for plagiarism and later told everyone he only lied about the plagiarism because he was so smart — didn’t matter to him.

“I have spent my life studying how people make mistakes,” Benartzi said, in a statement. “Everybody makes them, and I have made more than my share. So I am sympathetic toward people who make mistakes.” Here’s hoping this isn’t another one.