Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Micheal, Micahel (for Michael)

We found 606 hits in OhioLINK for Micheal, many of which are clearly typos for the name Michael, although some are apparently the correct spelling of a personal name. (The WorldCat authority file shows 173 headings, or cross references, spelled this way.) Micheal + Michael reduces the count to 206. Micahel nets 73 as well (or 55 when searched with Michael). If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, filmmaker Michael Moore's many detractors may be of two minds about the man. There are at least eight "anti-Michael Moore movies" to date, done in the documentary style popularized by such films as Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 911, and Sicko. These derisively derivative parodies include: Michael & Me; Michael Moore Hates America; Quacking for Columbine; Fahrenhype 911; An American Carol; Celsius 41.11; Shooting Michael Moore; and Manufacturing Dissent. The last one's not too bad.

(Cover of Citizen Moore by Roger Rapoport, winner of ForeWord Magazine's Gold Award for Biography, 2007.)

Carol Reid

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