've singled out Alan Glynn's fine novel Bloodland
for recognizing narrative
as a contemporary weasel word
. So I was especially pleased just now when, 8 minutes, 51 seconds into Series 3, Episode 4 of The Thick of It
, the jargon-spouting political spin doctor Stewart Pearson says: "Let's imagine here a narrative—" at which Peter Mannion MP rightly and righteously rolls his eyes and replies: "Oh, goodie."
Sorry, The Onion and P.G. Wodehouse. Pack it in, S.J. Perelman. We can still be good friends, but I have a new love: The Thick of It.
've just watched the first 3 minutes, 43 seconds of Veep
, the new American TV series created by The Thick of It
creator Armando Iannucci, and that was enough to send me back to The Thick of It
. A Wikipedia article on Veep
says the show uses "the same cinéma-vérité production style" as the TToI
, and all I can say is what was that particular publicist watching?
© Peter Rozovsky 2012
Labels: Alan Glynn, Bloodland, buzzwords, Peter Mannion, Stewart Pearson, television, The Thick of It, Veep