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Morning Shots: Never Make TV Writers Angry, Or They May Have Their Revenge

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The weekend box office report says that none of the new movies made huge money, but a surprising number of people actually went to see Vampires Suck. Which ... all right, then. Meanwhile, The Expendables marches on.

Never make TV writers angry.

In an editorial that — I am warning you right now — contains four-letter words, The Guardian explores its policy on four-letter words.

I have to agree with the response at the bottom of this column supposedly not accusing someone of plagiarism: when you point out the similarities between your piece and someone else's piece, and you say, "Not that I'm accusing her of plagiarism," you are sort of accusing her of plagiarism.

My favorite part of this story about the auction of items from Lost is the casual mention of one attendee who was "dressed as a Lost polar bear." Well, sure.

There's nothing particularly significant about this story except for the headline: "Analyst Urges Yahoo! To Buy Hulu." Once you have repeated this headline five times with marbles in your mouth, Professor Higgins will let you go to bed.

I like the fact that The Situation's giant and growing empire includes "chewable supplements." You have to know your audience, after all, and swallowing pills is quite challenging.

I express no opinion about Jonathan Franzen's novel, Freedom, having not read it. However, I do express the opinion that it is incredibly difficult for me to take any review seriously that uses the expressions "literary genius for our time," as well as "novel of the century," when it is entirely unclear which century he's talking about, because if we are talking about the 21st century, it seems early, and if we are talking about a rolling hundred-year century, it seems ... perhaps a bit of gun jumping?

Finally, Michel Martin had an interesting conversation with a former book-review editor at The New York Times, discussing a recent report that found that the political books reviewed by the Times were overwhelmingly written by white male authors, and what that may or may not mean about both who's writing the books and which books are being reviewed.

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