Monday, February 18, 2008

Here's how Letterman & Leno Are
Sometimes Like Time & Newsweek

I've written before about how different in sensibility Jay Leno and David Letterman are. But they can also occasionally be like Time & Newsweek, the two leading brands battling so intently for bragging rights to the zeitgeist that (it's the magazines I'm talking about now) they have been known to sometimes go weeks in a row with the same cover subject, occasionally including eerily similar photos (though that's far less true now than in the past). Last Wednesday evening was a case in point. On the same night, and within seconds of each other, both comedians joked about Hillary Clinton in their opening monologues by referring to her pantsuit. Leno: "She got the pantsuit beat out of her" in recent primaries. Letterman: "Hillary appeared with a pantsuit painted on." Now that's just plain weird (but also funny). Anyway, we happen to be Letterman fans around here. To review earlier mentions of him and his show, go here. If I lost you in using the word zeitgeist (an essential German word that has no real equivalent in English) you'll find a definition here.


At 1:57 PM, Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

We're Letterman people in this house too (though seldom up to watch it anymore).

BTW...perhaps you should rename your blog, "Working With Fancy-Schmancy Words."

At 2:03 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Now there's a thought, Michele. Funny you should appear here in the comments. Not 10 minutes ago I set aside links to three new articles I noticed on autism, which I planned to send along to you. And voila, you appear in the comments. Thanks for reading and especially for commenting, Michele.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You know, it's kind of weird that I just noticed that this was the second consecutive post to mention the German language. For anyone who thought I was trying to be thematic or something, it was purely by chance. Kind of odd, though. For the record, the only German I can speak is the kind you used to hear on Hogan's Heroes.


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