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    Valley of the Trolls

    By Kyle | September 12, 2011

    Superb piece of writing from The Atlantic’s James Parker after he set himself the onerous task of watching TMZ:

    I saw, first of all, an office. This is the interior portion of the TMZ show: cubicles, sallow light, layers of human sourness in the carpet-crackle. Like all offices, it reminds one of The Office (U.K. version), with the part of David Brent played in this case by Harvey—a small man, but an enormous parasite, often seen slurping through a straw on some kind of mega-smoothie or protein shake as if on the marrow of Shia LaBeouf. T-shirted, buff, and health-nut radiant, Harvey stands with his elbows resting atop a cubicle partition—the height of which fortuitously promotes biceps-display and a mild flaring of the lats—and faces his swivel-chaired staffers.

    As if on the marrow of Shia LaBeouf. Brilliant!

    Topics: Magazines, TV | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Valley of the Trolls”

    1. kishke Says:
      September 12th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      I agree! That line sure got my attention, as did this one: a small man, but an enormous parasite. World-class insults.

    2. Bob Says:
      September 13th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      I think it’s a jizz smoothie.

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