And Boom goes the dynamite.
I would really like to see one of those analytics things to see how many times Romney used some variant of the phrase “Iran is four years closer to the bomb” last night. Because son, that song is awfully old, and awfully wrong.
The “small penis rule” is an informal strategy used by authors to evade libel lawsuits. It was described in a New York Times article in 1998:
“…For a fictional portrait to be actionable, it must be so accurate that a reader of the book would have no problem linking the two,” said Mr. Friedman. Thus, he continued, libel lawyers have what is known as “the small penis rule.” One way authors can protect themselves from libel suits is to say that a character has a small penis, Mr. Friedman said. “Now no male is going to come forward and say, ‘That character with a very small penis, that’s me!’ “
The small penis rule was referenced in a 2006 dispute between Michael Crowley and Michael Crichton. Crowley alleged that after he wrote an unflattering review of Crichton’s novel State of Fear, Crichton libeled him by including a character named “Mick Crowley” in the novel Next. In the novel, Mick Crowley is a child rapist, described as being a Washington-based journalist and Yale graduate with a small penis.
— Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
— Those Words That Echo … Echo … Echo Through Life, by Jamaica Kincaid
I can’t wait to see the New York Times A1 tomorrow. Historic events make me cry; historic events recorded valiantly via print journalism make me cry harder.
My liveblogging friends on Tumblr, of course, are of a different brand altogether: thank you for sharing this excitement tonight. One humble ally is beside herself with joy.