You can say “f**k” on TV. For now.
Jan Freeman, in the Boston Globe, writes about the debate on the use of the F Word on TV. (For those who came in late, Bono’s use of it in his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes last year started a minor storm, bringing in the FCC. Bono apologised, apparently, and also promised not to do it again if U2 won. They didn’t.
Naresh Fernandes (thanks for the Boston Globe link too) wrote in to point out a goof i made in this post.
The quote i butchered should have read, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” But i can take some consolation from a little googling, the results of which tell me i wasn’t completely boneheaded. The most authorative sounding page i found was Alan Scott’s. He says that its origins “have long been shrouded in mystery and controversy.” Besides a “more common and euphonious” variant (“Talking,” instead of “Writing”) there are also many candidates for the person who first said it. Miles Davis is in the list, yes, but so are Frank Zappa, Steve Martin, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, William S. Burroughs, and the most solid citation, Elvis Costello.
Oh, and while on the Golden Globes, will one of you in the UK please tell the author of Budgie: The Little Helicopter that she should not let herself get photographed from that angle?