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i. Popular misspellings: Dizzyhead Brent points to Lindsay Lohan's heartfelt thoughts on the late Robert Altman (who directed her in this year's A Prairie Home Companion). It ends:
I just saw that Gawker is jumping on L.L. for this. But perhaps she meant to spell it that way—a sort of portmanteau meaning "quite adequate." She's telling us to be "just good enough, thank you." Not a bad policy.
In other solecism news: the Thomas Pynchon letter (below) in defense of Ian McEwan (which we initially misspelled as "McEwen," unconsciously giving props to the great novelist in exile, Todd McEwen) contains a small goof as well:
Memoirs of the Blitz have borne indispensible [sic] witness, and helped later generations know something of the tragedy and heroism of those days.In this case, tripling the "i" makes us conscious of the authorial ego (not Pynchon's per se, but the general notion of an authorial ego). The fact that it's lowercase simultaneously emphasizes the lack of ego vis-à-vis the issue of I.McE's purported plagiarism: We don't necessarily need to use our own words, it is all grist for the mill, literature is one long conversation with the dead, there is no single author, etc.
Yes...that seems quite adequate for now.
ii. The latest issue of Time Out ranked the city's critics. They got it right: The top two film critics were J. Hoberman (a/k/a "Hoberjams") and . . . Dizzies search-idol Dennis Lim! Those polled call him "A critic whose opinion matters and who is aware of the whole world of cinema."
UPDATE: Dizzyhead Pete provides this link to the TONY piece.
iii. And this just in: Dizzyhead Christine on an Iraqi date saga.