Thursday, June 26, 2008

if you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain

Kottke links to this. A discussion (post and comments) of the personals in the New York Review of Books that is, maybe, even funnier than the personals themselves. Although I let my subscription lapse this past fall, I have a few notes.

1. I suspect the "anthropologist at heart" is not comparing herself to more superficial anthropologists, but actually admitting a guilty secret . . . no? Like being a romantic. Or a chocoholic.

2. I'm switching to the London Review of Books right now!!

3. And is there a name for the (fairly common) comical bait and switch in pulsford's second example?

4. Also, note to my Aunt Eleanor (who is clearly the "yoga nazi"), don't you already have a "dumpy, bland moccasin-wearing M?" Work on him first then go looking for another one.

This cracks me up, obviously.


Blogger mzn said...

Hey, long time no comment! That NYRB personals analysis is really good. Reminds me of a Henry Jaglom movie, don't remember which one, where one of the characters complains with a sigh, "I have to stop responding to personals in the New York Review of Books." Or that's how I remember it.

6:25 PM  
Blogger zp said...

Hey! I'm glad someone is still reading! Because I have a surprisingly large number of posts drafted.

I don't know what movie you're thinking of . . . is it worth watching/rewatching the likely ones?

12:02 PM  
Blogger Raquel Laneri said...

I have nothing really of substance to add to this thread, but this was highly enjoyable. I loved the comment about semicolons.

6:33 PM  
Blogger zp said...

Again, I'm just glad you're still reading! Now even more posts are in the works:

O'Hara, new Evangelicals, Andrea Lee on the state of Pennsylvania, itchiness . . .

9:42 PM  

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