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  1. Ms. Zarum: Just a compliment. I read your piece on the recent Dave Chappelle special. I love his comedy, and I’ll keep watching everything he does, probably forever, but I found this piece distasteful for exactly the reasons you describe. Professionals like you make intellectual argument more convenient for those of us who have other jobs to do. I can just say to my friends, “this clever chick Lara summarized my feelings precisely.” Thanks.

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