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Dave Tomar
Dave Tomar is an author and music journalist. Tomar's 2012 memoir, The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat (Bloomsbury USA), details the author’s decade as an academic ghostwriter and highlights the critical need for reform in higher education. Tomar has appeared on ABC World News, Nightline, The Today Show and Fox Business to discuss his book. Dave Tomar is also the editor and lead writer for music blog The Liner Note.

Entries by Dave Tomar

Rockers Hate Republicans

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 5:16 PM

Prepare to be patronized. Expect your intelligence to be insulted. Trust that your sensibilities will be offended.

Election season is upon us, and with it, descends another exhausting circus replete with cheshire grinning, face-palm gaffes, and soundbite realities.

Cue the usual hyperbolic declaration that if so-and-so wins, you're moving to...

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Making It Or Breaking It On the Third Record: Low Cut Connie's Brilliant Hi Honey (Contender Records)

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 1:49 PM

Radiohead's third album was OK Computer. Green Day's was Dookie. For their third act, The Clash unleashed a sprawling, double-wide revolution entitled London Calling.

For some bands, the third album is a make-or-break endeavor, the moment when you justify your continued existence on this earth or accept your inevitable...

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From User to Dealer: A Vinyl Junkie Goes Pro... Sort of

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Apparently vinyl is cool now. I never saw that coming.

I've been a collector (read: incurable addict) my whole life. I was always pretty comfortable with the nerdly implications of my obsession. Even if music is inherently cool, I spent a lot of time at record shows, and I...

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Cobain 20 Years Later: Smells Like Another Retrospective

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Kurt Cobain was famous for roughly 30 months of his life. On April 5th, he will have been dead for 20 years.

He might as well be Mozart or Robert Johnson. We've known him as a dead man for way longer than we ever knew him alive. How long...

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Ghost in the Machine? How To Spot a Ghostwritten Paper

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 12:24 PM

cheating at school

The following account is drawn from the author's decade of experience working as a professional ghostwriter for college and graduate students and is based on a presentation recently delivered at the request of leading plagiarism-detection and prevention company, Turnitin.

Getting old...

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What's the Deal With Auld Lang Syne?

(6) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 2:45 PM

Fun Fact: Many of us will start out the New Year babbling incoherently at the top of our lungs.

"Should old acquaintance be forgot and something blah blah blah!!!"

Auld Lang Syne. That mournful, ecstatic, glassy-eyed dirge that greets every New Year with equal parts melancholy and excitement.

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Alice's Restaurant: Classic Rock's Thanksgiving Tradition

(31) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Thanksgiving is a brilliant holiday, dedicated as it is to the singular and secular interest of gorging. Not to dismiss the importance of giving thanks or gathering together with loved ones, but from a strictly ritualistic perspective, it's all about the eating.

My family doesn't stand too much on ceremony...

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Soundtracking Your 4th of July Celebration

(6) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Every holiday deserves a great playlist. I'm working on my 4th of July mix as we speak. When I show up at a cookout, I like my iPod to be bursting at the seams with patriotism, Americana and songs about summer love that aren't from Grease.

Obviously, my mix...

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Why Sweet Brown Is Better Than Chris Brown

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:06 PM

I just heard one of the best pop hits I've heard in months. Obviously, it wasn't on the radio. Being neither a 14-year-old girl nor a 12-year-old girl, I am largely disenfranchised by pop radio. But that's why Al Gore invented the Internet. So that people like me could find...

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Records Aren't Just For Hipsters Anymore

(39) Comments | Posted May 18, 2013 | 3:04 PM

The week of April 20th marked two significant historical events. The first was Record Store Day, an annual promotional event targeting independent record shops and vinyl enthusiasts since 2008. This year saw the best one-week sales performance for records since Soundscan began keeping track in 1991.


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A Failure of Process

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 5:53 PM

So proud to see my alma mater back in the headlines. Way to go Rutgers. As the Mike Rice tapes make the rounds in the news media, the shock, outrage and hand wringing are universal. People can't believe this goes on at a major university.

Yeah. Whatever. I was...

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The Cassette Tapes That Changed My Life

(4) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Few things make you feel older than telling your own life story through a dead medium.

I can't say I miss cassette tapes. The incessant whirring that became a part of your music; the occasional unraveling disaster, fixable only with a pencil and paperclip; the fact that the decidedly...

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No Cheater Left Behind

(17) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 10:54 AM

I wrote papers for students for ten years. I helped them cheat and I made a living doing it. Not a great living, but a living nonetheless.

Now, I'm retired from paper-writing and it feels good. I feel like a recovering drug addict, like I'm standing up and telling you...

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