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TURNING AARON SORKIN’S ART INTO ITS OWN MASHUP ART
June 27, 2012  | By David Bianculli  | 2 comments
 

Some people have interpreted this intensely edited video, excerpting and compiling recycled lines and bits of stage business from Aaron Sorkin’s various TV shows and movies, as a critical attack on the writer’s propensity for repeating himself. But I sense as much love and affection here as anything else, because this seven-minute mashup by YouTube’s “drfunky17” is an amazingly entertaining tour through Sorkinville. Do you have to know and like Sorkin’s work to create something this thorough? To quote Sorkin (several times): “You think?” – DB

 
 
 
 
 
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Aaron Sorkin does not need my defense but most of these are common phrases uttered by American English speakers, often more than once a day.
Aug 4, 2012   |  Reply
 
 
Stephen Hart
As a writer myself (a sportswriter), I admit to plagiarizing myself -- sometimes consciously, sometimes not. Sometimes, you do fall in love with certain phrases, and sometimes those phrases fit more than one situation (not just your own original phrases but the jargon of sports is rampant with cliches by nature). I've always enjoyed Aaron Sorkin's work, but I've also had the sense that he does copy from himself. And boy, does this prove it! It's startling ... and very funny.
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