Exclamation marks! I have of late been brooding on them! Every Sunday, The New York Times is full of them! For example, the advertisement for Philip Barry’s Holiday at Circle in the Square:
Youthful, vigorous, good-looking. Tony Goldwyn is funny and elegant. The beautiful Laura Linney is his equal!
The New York Times
The beautiful Laura Linney didn’t rate an exclamation mark in Canby’s review. It’s actually very difficult to sneak an exclamation mark into the columns of the Times. As press agents will testify, the paper is merciless in defending its critical integrity against the hucksters of Broadway: you’re not allowed, say, to quote Canby’s more genial comments from WQXR or WQEW, the Times radio stations,...