I’m doing research for my next book, which I’m not ready to write about yet though I have been contemplating that I might sort of ease into it at some appropriate point in time — which isn’t now, so I’m going to have to leave you guessing as to why I was searching The New York Times web site for the word “fuck.” You might surmise that I’m writing about journalism, or censorship, or sex, or somesuch, and I would give you that much.
But anyway, The New York Times, I have read in quite a number of places, does not print the word “fuck.” This would also be true of the vast majority of daily newspapers in the United States and we all know that you really can’t say it on TV or radio, either. In more than 20 years in journalism, I have only gotten the word into print once, in a minor column in the New Haven Advocate in 1995. (Thanks, Josh.)
So, forgetting for a moment as to why I wanted to know: Just what the, um, heck, is “fuck” doing in the New York Times archives?
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I was driving home on Florence Road in Northampton last night behind someone who suddenly swerved to the side of the road and stopped. As I slowly went by, I saw the “what-for.” Check out the “Bumble” snow sculpture by Dave Rothstein … at least that’s the credit in the Daily Hampshire Gazette today. But the Gazette is one of those papers that doesn’t put it all out there, online, so you can’t see the picture they took of the “Bumble” with Dave; you’ll have to settle for the one I took this afternoon. (Click on the little photo to make it big, you know you want to.)
If you aren’t getting the “Bumble” reference,you’ve been living under a rock during the holiday season for your whole life. Dave’s creation is the spitting image of the Abominable Snowman from the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer TV special, which has been showing since 1964 and is the No. 3 answer on “Family Feud” to the question, “What do you associate with the Christmas season?” (Baby Jesus did not make the list, but that is a story for another time.)
Anyway, I think Dave should make a Yukon Cornelius and a Hermie the sorta gay elf dentist, too. But I’ll take what I’ve got. Thanks Dave, you’re a pal.