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Poets, Law and Order, and Criminal Intent

DiceAn interoffice exchange from July 2009


L&OCI Hey, what does Law and Order Criminal Intent have against poets? In last night's episode, "Passion," an arrogant poet/editor pimps out his young attractive assistants to potential financial backers.  During tonight's episode, "Folie a Deux," a poet who is likely involved in the caper (I'm writing this mid-show) is a plagiarist. Why so many poet-criminals?

Maybe one of the show's writers is an aspiring poet. I think they're playing with loaded dice. What do you think?

                                                                          -- sdh (7/ 13/ 09)





7/ 14/ 09

Me, I think it's a crap shoot. Tonight, for the second time in the last two days, "Jacob Garrity," the bard of Queens College (as opposed to the queen of Bard College), has  been murdered by his ex-girlfriend, who is handy with a knife and goes around quoting Yeats ("That is no country for old men"). After finding out how rotten the poets are to one another, one of the detectives (Jeff Goldblum's partner) says that if her daughter ever got interested in poetry, she'd urge her to go into the Mafia instead. "Nicer people."

-- dl

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