Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What do Self-Plagiarism, Hollywood and Valentine's Day have in common? Me.

Self-plagiarism is a much disputed concept. Can you copy yourself? Or is it just being lazy. John Fogerty got sued for writing the same song twice...but the Supreme Court sided with the former CCR frontman. Bioethicist Dr. David Resnick, on the other hand, believes this idea to be "dishonest" as he wrote in The Ethics of Science: An Introduction.

All that is a preamble to today's posting. It's the Season of Love. And while there's currently no love in my life, I have the next best thing -- a job in Hollywood. Inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnet 43 (and last year's posting), I offer the following poem -- Sonnet 43 1/3.

Be prepared to be wooed. Ladies, you have my email...

How do I love Hollywood? Let me count the ways.
I love Hollywood from dawn's first light to the first twinkle of night,
Which also happen to be my work hours.
I love Hollywood for every gloriously tedious task
And needless double work...just to be safe.
I love Hollywood faxing, especially the sonic bliss of a dial tone.
I love Hollywood copying, marveling at the ridges of a massive paper jam.
I love Hollywood with an unwavering passion
Until I spot the misplaced decimal on my paycheck.
I love Hollywood with a nostalgia
For my youth - or at least the part in front of the TV.
Smiles, tears of those days! But if the fates shine on me,
I shall love Hollywood a hell of a lot more upon the purchase of my script.

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