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Nothing like…

After I posted the previous article, I began to think how there was a time, before the Web, when the author of an article in a printed publication might challenge his readers to identify the source of a phrase like “a little judicious levity,” offering some sort of prize for the first correct response. Then I thought about how there’s no point in doing something like that now, when any fool can just paste those words into a Web search engine and come up with the answer instantly. And then I decided to try the experiment and found that the first result I came up with was a page of “memorable quotes” from the fantasy Aeon Flux.

Pop culture is a great recycler. That perfect phrase “Nothing like a little judicious levity” comes originally from The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osborne. It’s a very funny book, and it had a tremendous cult following about a hundred years ago. I didn’t want you to think I was quoting from movies I’d never seen. Commenting on movies you’ve never seen seems unethical.

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