Saturday, February 11, 2006

a perfect poster boy if your goal is never to have to worry about actually selling any posters

The cover story in this week's Madison alternative newspaper is titled "Couples Town: For Singles, Things are Tough All Over." The thesis of the story is basically what you'd expect from the title, especially as applied to thirtysomethingish singles. I was talking to someone yesterday who told me that they had a conversation about the merits of the article. As part of a counterargument that there are indeed attractive single men in their thirties in Madison, I was apparently named as an example. Um, wow. Let's be honest: you know someone is really grasping at straws when they invoke me in as an example of either "attractive" or "living in Madison," much less for both simultaneously. It's like somebody saying a city has good restaurants and then, when pressed, offering up as an example an Appleby's thirty miles away.

4 comments:

A+ said...

That article was the single most depressing thing I've read so far this year.

Anonymous said...

I hardly think of you as an Appleby's. You're more like an up and coming BYOB bistro.

Belle Reve said...

You know, even though it's been YEARS since I worked at That Paper, I was personally held accountable BY A SOCIOLOGIST for last week's cover story potentially repelling once and future faculty from eating at our Appleby's. Let alone making reservations.

astrid jane said...

I know the guy who wrote that. He's one of those dudes that dates chicks ten years younger than him (and/or his own former students) because they make him feel smart. He used to be a grad student, might still be. He's engaged, too, so what's he doing writing about how much it sucks to be single? Personally, it smacks of gloating.