Viewpoint: You're Sure This Is How Shakespeare Did It?

A (recently arrived) insider's look at the working day of a sitcom writer

I didn't know how much people hated television. This may be because whenever I walk into anyone's house, they leave the TV on the entire time we're talking. That may, upon reflection, be a subtle hint I'm not catching. Still, I got some sense of how much they hated it when I left TIME to write for a sitcom. People thought I was selling out or too lazy for journalism or, like all good Americans, desperate to meet Ryan Seacrest.

But I didn't feel like I was selling out, since I've always loved television, far more than I love movies. So...

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