Writing workshop.

So what’s the rule on clever references to song lyrics in a newspaper editorial about a music company?

Use them sparingly. Oh, so very sparingly.

Is it possible to go overboard?

Why, yes.

Posted at 9:18 am in Uncategorized |

7 responses to “Writing workshop.”

  1. Lex said on April 2, 2004 at 9:40 am

    I don’t frequent the Freep’s editorial page, so I must ask: Is there any chance the wretched excess was intentional, in the way that some people just pile on bad puns for the pleasure of hearing other people groan?

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  2. Nance said on April 2, 2004 at 9:56 am

    As you well know, Lex: Anything’s possible. But this is not a page known for its kittenish sense of humor, either.

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  3. alex said on April 2, 2004 at 10:31 am

    Before I clicked the link I was anticipating something not half as god-awful, perhaps the occasional News-Sentinel stinkeroo where the conceit’s as lame as the opinion.

    But c’mon. It’s in a Detroit paper and it’s about Motown. I’d say it’s probably the one and only exception to the rule.

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  4. Bob said on April 2, 2004 at 12:17 pm

    My most vivid Motown-associated memory is of the drag queen in the apartment above me, rehearsing in the middle of the night.

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  5. deb said on April 2, 2004 at 12:31 pm

    yeah, it’s detroit and it’s motown, but god — is THAT how you pay tribute? i couldn’t read past the first paragraph.

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  6. michael G said on April 2, 2004 at 9:20 pm

    You guys have obviously never read the sports pages. They’re full of this dreck. Also look at all the crap written about Martha Stewart. I defy any one of you to find an article about her troubles that’s not full of cutsy wutsy crap. Not counting the exhaustive analysis in Slate. I don’t frequent the “Freep” so I don’t know anything about their writers, but this has to be some kind of silly parody thing . . . doesn’t it?

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  7. kirk said on April 8, 2004 at 9:16 pm

    why, why, why do people in the media insist on insulting the intelligence of their readers/viewers with incessant barrages of junior-high wordplay? it’s not clever; it’s not funny. it’s just pathetic. whoever wrote that crap should be relieved of his/her fingers.

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