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For all of this journalâ€™s long historyâ€”a stretch that, amazing to me, now spans five decades in publication (thanks for putting up with me)â€”Iâ€™ve tried, whenever possible, to focus on looking ahead. But, as both the venerable Weather Oracle and more than a few readers have pointed out, my record as a seer is not that good. So, more often than not, Iâ€™ve used my words as a way to review the natural history events of the past week. Iâ€™m a decent historian, and the approach, coupled with a nod to what might be in the offing, seems to work.
As a reviewer, however, Iâ€™ve learned that thereâ€™s one commandment that has to be obeyed, and itâ€™s this: Donâ€™t Give Away Too Much of the Story, and Definitely Donâ€™t Reveal the Ending. Of course, if you plan toâ€”if revelation is simply unavoidableâ€”thereâ€™s a protocol. The reviewer must issue, up front, whatâ€™s called a â€śspoiler alert.â€ť This is essentially an advance warning that tells you that youâ€™re about to learn more than you may want to know: the final score, or who really dunnit, for example. The spoiler alert is a declaration that, if this knowledge is going to ruin your enjoyment of whatever is under review, you should stop reading right now. Donâ€™t say I didnâ€™t warn you.
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