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'Too Many Cooks': Variations on a TV theme
'Too Many Cooks': Variations on a TV theme

One of the qualities of life that makes it delightful is that, except in things like chemical reactions and laws of motion, it proves itself again and again beyond our power to predict. Popular culture, especially, is full of things that nobody knew they wanted until they wanted them and whose success came as a surprise even to their creators, who may have just been having a lark, or high at the time. (Conversely there are the supposed sure things that sink out of view like a barbell dropped in quicksand. This is the story of television programming.) In the age of the Internet, when a video of a cat not killing a bird or of a baby with a funny laugh might be viewed a million times, and...

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