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Set the Timer on Your VCR

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Or, get your Tivo ready, however you do that. I’m going to rely on my new-fangled laser disc machine to record me some primetime literary humor. Fresh off their bouts with Scientology and censorship, the boys at South Park are zeroing in on James Frey.

Premiering Wednesday night at 10pm, “Towelie gets over his drug addition and writes a moving book about his experiences. Thanks to Oprah’s support, the book becomes a best seller and his story inspires millions to turn their lives around. However, when he’s caught in a lie by the grand dame of daytime television, Towelie’s old habits start to look might appealing.”

I can’t wait to see the episode. But I must say, maybe the joke is on Frey’s critics. After all the hoopla, all the public ridicule, after all the jokes and the Oprah ass whuppings, he’s still on the best seller list. Heck, skewerings like this are quite possibly what keep the book afloat and selling. So maybe it’s not such a bad gig after all.