Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
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Graydon Carter's Editor's Letter Reveals Fussy Old Man

"I used to rail against the layers of packaging for DVDs and CDs-that hard-to-break-into clear wrapping and those extra strips of white tape over the edges, to prevent theft."
-That's Graydon Carter, keepin' it real (if syntactically complicated!) in the March Vanity Fair editor's letter.

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Flashman (#418)

Rage, rage against the packing that's so tight.

riggssm (#760)

That was an interesting journey from Things Old People Like to Paris Hilton is a Dumb.

Screen Name (#2,416)

Say what you will about Graydon Carter, preferably something which mocks his three-corner hat hairstyle.

dado (#102)

So I realize I gotta use scissors to open the damn things. So I head to Duane Read, buy a pair of scissors, and you know what? They got the scissors wrapped in the same damn plastic! I mean, now I need scissors to open the scissors so I can listen to the Scissor Sisters! And speaking of airplane food…

Multiphasic (#411)

Literally the only thing I have to be smug about from serving a term as a Tower Records clerk: it's not that hard, you're just doing it wrong. But I'm not telling, because it adds to my mystique. You know, the mystique of a Tower Records clerk.

barnhouse (#1,326)

PLEASE tell.

Brad Nelson (#2,115)

One trick is to tell stories that don't go anywhere. Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville.

Multiphasic (#411)

Okay fine. Shrink wrap: press the long edge (the "opening" side for the DVD, the non-opening side for the CD) against the edge of a table, and rub it back and forth. The friction will easily shred it, and sometimes the sticker, too.

But even if the sticker doesn't come off, you can pop the cover off the CD (gently! The hinges can snap!) and hinge it on the sticker so it's parallel to the main case. Then just torque in opposite directions and the sticker comes off no problem.

Stickers over the opening side of a DVD case are a little trickier. Often, especially if you didn't clip your nails recently, you can just punch your thumb through it, though sometimes it's attached too loosely for that. But for the ones on the top or bottom of the case, you can crack the side, stick your thumbs in and run them up towards the top, emphasizing bending the near top/bottom corner out. This should neatly split the security sticker with no peeling necessary.

Repeat with all sorts of Josh Grobin merchandise until it's reflexive and you are the heartthrob of every doddering old "I throw my own pots" lady in the North Bay.

barnhouse (#1,326)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Andy Rooney stopped trimming his eyebrows when he learned his eight tracks wouldn't fit in the cassette machine.

Kataphraktos (#226)

I can't wait until he writes about his poop. You know it's coming. It's like a celebrity singularity. As their ego expands, everything in their life attains proportionally greater significance in their skewed worldview, until the least significant detail, and the one a normal person would judge as "best not shared", seems to attain an importance equivalent to a cure for cancer.

davidwatts (#72)

I think he meant "I used to do rails off of CD packaging [ie, CD cases]. It was tight." Graydon, so befuddled!

bong hitler (#3,233)

Graydon Carter, driving through upstate New York, listening to a P.G. Wodehouse audiobook. That is like the most twee thing ever.

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