Monthly Archives: April 2010

Flying Into Finals

Why haven’t I been posting on the blog, when all the most exciting things are happening now (portfolio reviews, dream apartment leases, and other major life changes related to graduation)?  Well, it turns out that when you have too much of a life, you don’t have time to write about it.   So, I’ll be taking a break from Walking In Public for awhile.  But rest assured, come June, I’ll be cradling my laptop in my new Park Slope coffee shop, ready to be a bigger and better blogger than ever!

In the meantime, enjoy some colorful parrots, hot off the presses:

Can A Book Get You A Boyfriend?

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of He’s Just Not That Into You (the book, not the movie). From the day that I snuck into an airport gift shop and guiltily cracked its binding, Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo’s no-excuses advice told me what I needed to hear, in a world where women will say anything to encourage a friend (even if it leads to total disaster).

And for those of you (gentlemen…) who are rolling your eyes right now, let me remind you that this is a book that tells millions of women to stop acting crazy and move along.  Get behind it.

my personal “aha” moment, circa January 2009

A year later, my attitude about dating is a lot more healthy than it used to be. Sure, I still keep myself available and interested, but I don’t spend days obsessing or “reading the signs” like everyone else.  I live my life, and let what happens, happen.

Still, watching that hilarious video from The Onion (He’s a shapeshifter, ladies!), I can’t help thinking that most books are not a good way to be successful in dating.  It’s not like dieting – if you follow all the “rules”, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll lose weight get a date.

If you did, here’s what you might end up with:

Rule #1:  Not being nice doesn’t make you a bitch, it makes you a “confident” woman.   Why Men Marry Bitches by Sherry Argov

Rule #2:  Be a lady in the street and a freak in the bed.  – Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man by Steve Harvey

Rule #3:  Forget what I said about dating not being dieting – there is a program for people who are bad at it.  – Love In 90 Days by Diana Kirschner

Rule #4:  Any little thing you do could turn off a man.  The Man Plan: Drive Men Wild… Not Away by Whitney Casey

Rule #5:  It’s not you that needs help with dating, it’s the men.  A Practical Handbook For The Boyfriend by Felicity Huffman and Patricia Wolff

Rule #6:  Thou shalt fish for men in a rich pond, but not be a gold digger.  Become Your Own Matchmaker by Patti Stanger

Rule #7:  You can’t talk to a man about your problems.  – Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray

Rule #8:  There is no Mr. Perfect.  Settle for Mr. Good Enough.  Marry Him by Lori Gottlieb

Confused?  You should be.  Now get your nose out of a self-help book, and go outside and be yourself!  

Editor Girls

I never thought that there would be a movie that would make me mock publishing and Alec Baldwin, two of my very favorite things.  I spent almost the entire movie – literally – mouthing “WHAAAAAT” at the free Netflix on my Mac screen.

Oh, but it can’t be so bad if it includes Alec Baldwin playing a publishing mogul, and it’s set in unrealistic New York of Hollywood producers . . . right?  Still, despite all of the obvious literary references, Blackberry proposals, and “Someone Like You“-ripped, American-typewriter transitions, it was kind of fun to watch all of that uncomfortable, semi-inappropriate chemistry.

Maybe I should finally get around to reading A Girl’s Guide To Hunting And Fishing?  I would probably like the book better.