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Sorry to be so grandiloquent

June 15, 2008

I LOVED Rachel Abramowitz's profile of M. Night Shyamalan ["Freed by Failure," June 8]. However, I have a great deal of concern about the future of newspapers and her article made me ask, "How many Los Angeles residents under 40 (a demographic newspapers must keep and expand if they are to remain in business) know the meaning of the following words in this one article: phantasmagoria, bucolic, aesthetic, soupcon, diminution, schadenfreude, contretemps and vicissitudes?

The L.A. Times needs to speak to all the residents of Los Angeles. I ask that its writers go out in the real world. Ask people if they know what these words mean. They don't.

Grant Nemirow

Studio City

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