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Neil Gaiman is awesome, Regis Philbin is an idiot, Jay Leno and the end of America, and more: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let this stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
Tom Shales on the villains in the Leno-O’Brien fiasco at NBC

The Road to ruin

Coraline’s Neil Gaiman Is “Nobody’s Bitch”

Mariska Hargitay: New Time Slot Hurt SVU’s Ratings

Sex on TV: It’s increasingly uncut — and unavoidable

With New Films, CBS Charts Tough Middle Course

The Battle for the American Soul Is over and Jay Leno Won

Regis Philbin Wonders How Records “Fit Inside” iPod

Mel the Viking: Now Gibson is invading England AND Scotland in movie… speaking Old Norse

Laughable Percy Jackson Promo Photos

Man dies during ‘Avatar’ screening

Adult-orientated cinema

NYT Distorts Image Of Christina Hendricks, Calls Her “Big”

The Lovely Bones Wins By Targeting Twihards

The Pregnancy Pact Trailer: Pretending Fiction Is Fact

The Hangover That Never Ends: What I Learned From the Golden Globes



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  • Bluejay

    On his blog, Neil Gaiman has said that he doesn’t remember saying the “nobody’s bitch” thing about himself, although he’s used the phrase to defend George R.R. Martin from fans who feel entitled to the next “Song of Ice and Fire” book right now.

    Warning: the first link also leads to a heartbreaking account about one of his cats. Brace yourselves. And send him some nice emails, if you’re fans.

  • Bluejay

    Also, the bit about Gaiman’s many female readers reminded me of this.

  • Mo

    That New Yorker article on Gaiman made me so angry. Here you have an article about one of the few authors I’ve ever come across who actually seems to get women, and yet a huge chunk of it is devoted entirely to passive-aggressively belittling his female fans. What’s wrong with women liking fantasy? What’s wrong if some of them have a flair for the dramatic? She certainly doesn’t seem to have a problem with his male fans.

    Gah.

  • Bluejay

    Whoops–the George R.R. Martin link didn’t seem to work. Here it is.

    http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html

  • Gads! How hot must all the upcoming television series be if there’s no mention made at all of “True Blood”‘s sexual antics?

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