Gothamist has enjoyed Manohla Dargis's writing since she was at the LA Times, so we were curious to see what she'd say in her Q&A with NY Times readers. And when asked what is a difference between writing for the Times and other publications, it's that she can't swear:

Well, the major difference, what changed radically in my move from the alternative-weekly world to the daily newspaper world (initially at the Los Angeles Times, then here), is that I can't use expletives. I grew up in New York and four-, six- and 12-letter-words are part of my everyday vocabulary. It's been tough keeping my language squeaky-clean, but since there are phalanxes of editors standing between me and you, dear reader, you have been spared my baser instincts and will continue to be so protected. (I've also become fond of suggestive metaphors and all manner of goofy word play.)

The other significant change is that my paragraphs run significantly shorter. Daily newspaper editors seem to believe that readers don't like and won't read hefty chunks of gray type. I politely disagree. As the monumental paragraphs of New Yorker writer Hendrik Hertzberg prove, what counts isn't the size of the boat, but the motion in the ocean.

She lost us at "phalanxes," but that's cool. We'll read her evisceration of The Polar Express (she compares Santa's toy sack to a scrotum!) again.