PRIMARY FIXATION

YOU COULD ARGUE THAT AS A WAY TO BRIGHTEN UP A LONG GRAY WINTER, Joan Collins' suit against Random House was the literary equivalent of the Forbes campaign in Iowa--wacky, saturated with money and ultimately embarrassing to all concerned.

My wife made that argument. She's been trying to wean me from total dependence on the Republican presidential campaign as a news diet. Whenever she hears Lamar Alexander say it's all going to be over by March 12, she sees me on March 13 wandering around like a zombie, mumbling the planks of Morry Taylor's platform as part of some kooky mantra.

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