>Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

>Maureen McCormick won’t be seeing Tropic Thunder because she doesn’t like the plotline involving an actor’s bid for an Oscar by playing “Simple Jack,” a–as Tropic Thunder calls it–”retard.”:I want to add my two cents to the opinions on whether it’s offensive to the mentally challenged. I know Ben Stiller has said that he’s making […]

>If the substitution is that simple, there’s something wrong with the sentence.

>Another one from the Guardian, about a little furor surrounding Jacqueline Wilson’s latest, My Sister Jodie: “The word ‘twat’ was used in context. It was meant to be a nasty word on purpose, because this is a nasty character,” said a spokesperson for Random House. “However, Jacqueline doesn’t want to offend her readers or her […]

>Yet another G-word

>I received an email yesterday from a librarian who hated our reviews because she thought they had too much plot summary, but she was really pissed that we “almost always give away the ending.” Her first point is debatable–how much is too much?–but her second is demonstrably false while containing a truth: sometimes, we do […]

>Uh-oh

>So Baby Einstein is actually bad for babies? While this study will probably only provoke more rounds of the coffee-hurts-you-coffee-helps-you kinds of further studies, I’d love to let the Freakonomics guys loose on this one. There are so many other correlations: if the Baby Einstein videos don’t do what they promise, it could be because […]

>When good kids show bad judgment

>Today’s NYT article about the popular Junie B. Jones books brings up a number of reasons adults don’t like the series, mostly citing its demonstrations of bullying and other bad behavior. But my heart belong to a Mr. Lewis Bartell, a man mindful of the future: “My dad doesn’t like the grammar,” said the Bartells’s […]