Specials: Gillian Welch! Kieslowski’s Veronique! The Simpsons!

Specials: Gillian Welch! Kieslowski’s Veronique! The Simpsons! April 2, 2006

Monday specials:

The latest in an ongoing parade of exciting 2006 music headlines… Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are back in the studio working on a new album.

One of my all-time favorite films has just been rediscovered by Anthony Lane in The New Yorker. And, as usual, the film continues to reveal new layers and possibilities. There is no Region 1 DVD I await more eagerly than this one.

You’ve probably seen the first teaser-trailer for The Simpsons’ movie, but if not, here you go.


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  • Adam Walter

    In fact, that is from the Pulitzer website. Tinyurl.com is simply a resource for making life online a little easier. Clicking on the link will show you that this is just a shortcut to the actual Pulitzer.org page:


  • Hope McP

    It warms my heart to see so many people interested in “getting it right.” :)

    But I’m not ready latch onto http://tinyurl.com/ecp7f, as it isn’t from the Pulitzer Web site. The link shows what looks like the Pulitzer site’s fonts, etc., but the url could be from anywhere.

    So I went to the Pulitzer site (http://www.pulitzer.org/) and read that winners receive a certificate, not a plaque, anyway. But I couldn’t find any images of the certificates.

    And even at the site, who types in the copy? An intern maybe? Certainly the 100+ voting members don’t have the time to update the site, so someone else must. And I saw at least one copy hiccup that made me wonder. (The hiccup was either a British style usage, or someone just got the American usage wrong.)

    I still have questions, though, and the site doesn’t include a photo of an actual certificate, which would have been helpful. Bummer.

    Re googling: Make sure to google from Google News, which pulls results only from edited news sources of the past 30 days. Then take note of what news source has the reference. Google News is a great resource when on deadline, but I avoid the smaller newspapers/sources when possible. Due to style and usage differences, I also avoid anything outside the United States.

  • Adam Walter

    But if the Pulitzer people themselves do actually accept this usage, then there isn’t much point in holding a Hollywood film to stricter standards, right? (Should the film correct the Pulitzer Board?) And after all, this is a film about a guy who defies the laws of physics as his shtick, so nitpicking over grammar seems a little odd to me.

    And another thing, it seems likely that the Pulitzer foundation does not consider themselves an AP entity.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    So here’s the deal: It’s a mistake that has become generally accepted. But if one is to follow official AP style, one must be strict. And our office depends on Hope because she knows that AP style guide inside and out.

  • Adam Walter

    Eh, also check this out:


  • Adam Walter

    Usage is a pretty hard thing to pin down to absolutes. Take a prescriptive stand on an issue, and you’ll immediately have dozens of pundits shout you down.

    On the descriptive side of things, do a Google search and you’ll find countless examples of the word being used in this sense, including examples from sources such as The New Yorker and CNN.

  • wngl

    Sounds like Hope is “entitled” to some respect. (Mentioned in the same spirit of good fun.)

  • Phill Lytle

    >>It was all meant in fun, so let’s re-read it in that spirit. <<

    Rebuke accepted. Apology offered.


  • Anonymous

    Must be the same sort of style advice that brought us the use of the term ‘flammable’ . . . hehehe

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    >>This type of criticism just smacks of arrogance and pride.<<

    Dude, I think Hope’s mention of a “glaring error” was intentionally hyperbolic. And, as I have the advantage of knowing Hope and calling her a close personal friend, I can assure you that she’s the farthest things from arrogrant.

    It was all meant in fun, so let’s re-read it in that spirit.

  • Hope

    AP Stylebook, pg 84

    entitled Use it to mean a right to do or have something. Do not use it to mean titled.
    Right: She was entitled to the promotion.
    Right: The book was titled “Gone With the Wind”

    What dictionary? Webster’s New World, which is the one to be used in conjunction with AP style. It, too, says “entitled” is a right to do/have something.

    newspaper editing 101.

  • Phill Lytle

    This type of criticism just smacks of arrogance and pride. Who looks for that kind of thing when they are watching a movie? And why did this bring the entire film to a halt? I have no patience for useless comments.

  • Anonymous


    I wonder what dictionary she’s using.

    Standard entries are:

    entitle, tr.v., -tled, -tling, -tles

    1. To give a name or title to [s.one or s.th.]
    2. To furnish with a right or claim to something


    1. To give a name or title to; to designate
    2. To bestow a title of nobility, rank, honor or dignity upon
    3. (basically as 2 above)

    Webster’s 1913 entry gives it thus:

    En*ti”tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Entitled}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Entitling}.] [OF. entituler, F. intituler, LL.
    intitulare, fr. L. in + titulus title. See {Title}, and cf.
    1. To give a title to; to affix to as a name or appellation;
    hence, also, to dignify by an honorary designation; to
    denominate; to call; as, to entitle a book
    “Commentaries;” to entitle a man “Honorable.”

    That which . . . we entitle patience. –Shak.

    2. To give a claim to; to qualify for, with a direct object
    of the person, and a remote object of the thing; to
    furnish with grounds for seeking or claiming with success;
    as, an officer’s talents entitle him to command.

    3. To attribute; to ascribe. [Obs.]

    The ancient proverb . . . entitles this work . . .
    peculiarly to God himself. –Milton.

    Some editor.


  • levi

    And the rabid Superman-bashing continues… I’m waiting for Jeffery to write his own Pulitzer-winning article, “Why the world doesn’t need Superman Returns.”

    “The world doesn’t need a Christ-figure movie, and neither do I.”


  • Seventh Leper

    Alt-country singer/songwriter Gillian Welch is currently in the studio hashing out her fourth solo set.

    Fourth? How about fifth?

  • Gene Branaman

    “Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are back in the studio working on a new album.”

    O! Frabjous day! Callou! Callay!

    David Rawlings is one of the finest guitarists around. I’m very excited to heare a new record from these 2! And live shows!

  • jasdye

    to quote C.M. Burns: Excellent.

    though, honestly, i never awaited a Seinfeld, the Movie. maybe they can convince some of the old writers back to help out with this one (brad bird and conan o’brien come immediately to mind.)

    or, it could just be the shark jump to end all shark jumps. (that’s, of course, what i’m afraid of).