In honor of the second week of my East Coast Book Tour, I give you the second edition of The Week in Assholes (week one here).
It felt like a breakup without the relationship.
I didn't need to consult the Chinese zodiac to know that this was a very bad portent for the rest of the year. 2011 will be the Year of the Asshole.
We like asshole guys not because they're assholes but despite it.
See, when you're smitten with a man then you're willing to put up with all kinds of bullshit. In my experience I'm too busy falling in love with a guy's good qualities to heed red flags like that I've caught him snooping through my text messages and e-mail. "But I have nothing to hide!" I'll tell myself. "Besides, we're, like, so in love!"
Then months later — surprise! — he turns out to be a controlling dipshit.
A tough week for parents of kids with sports heroes - try restraining their language after Antonio Cromartie, Linguistics Hero (the best headline of every sports channel's reportage of this ear-reddening interview).
Cromartie was asked by the Daily News if he's ever seen Brady pointing after the Patriots score.
"We see that a lot. He does it a lot," Cromartie said. "That's the kind of guy he is. We really don't give a damn, to tell you the truth."
Okay, what kind of guy is Brady?
"An asshole. Fuck him."
Krugman a "flat out asshole" over at Fox.
Shawn Ryan (The Shield) on network language limitations at the Hollywood Reporter.
We couldn't really use jag-off and we couldn't use asshole, so we came up with jackhole.
And what about the role appealed to Bates? "I read in the script where the character had her feet up on the desk smoking pot and watching Bugs Bunny, and after I saw that I was in," she said. Bates also gets to use some salty language in a clip shown critics at the TCA gathering, calling someone an "asshole" (a word that Kelley admits he couldn't have gotten away with at ABC during his Boston Legal days). "NBC is very good about content and lenient with dialogue," Kelley said, "much more so than ABC was. We have broadcast standards battles with every script, but 'asshole' cleared."
That's all from The Week in Assholes. If you'd like to know how a conflict specialist defines one, mosey on over to amazon and pick up a copy of the book!