Crossing The Dateline: In this Charles Piller report about how, as governor, Sarah Palin gave more than 100 jobs to friends, donors and relatives without any regard to qualifications, Piller starts off with this dateline: “Reporting from Anchorage.” Is that a new LAT style? We kinda like it, but in this age of brevity, why ditch the classic “ANCHORAGE –” dateline we all know and love?
Carina Chocano, Will You Marry Us? A graph from her review of Synecdoche, New York: “A synecdoche, for those unversed in the poetic tropes, is a figure of speech by which a part stands in for the whole, or the whole stands in for a part, or the general stands in for the specific, or vice versa. It’s a lilting play on the name of the town of Schenectady, N.Y., where the movie’s hero, a melancholy regional theater director named Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), lives with his painter wife, Adele ( Catherine Keener), and their 4-year-old daughter, Olive (Sadie Goldstein). It hints at the artistic and existential obsessions that come to stand in for the life of an unhappy artist who blankets his life with his work, struggles mightily to understand the first by way of the second, and loses an ability to distinguish between the two. And it makes an irrefutable case for the universality of the individual human experience.”
Frosty With That Ballot? Joel Stein calls out publicist Julia Cohen for registering to vote at nearly midnight at a local Wendy’s. Get ready for a world of spam, Joel.