Lessons from the Blacktop

Like it or not, it’s looking quite likely that we’ll see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the presidential nominees this summer. Much will be decided via the widely viewed debates that are aired on national television. In an ideal society, the candidates would calmly discuss their positions on important issues and give the voting…

Consider the Cover

Dear Mary, I just discovered the essays of David Foster Wallace not too long ago. I’m late to the game, I know, but I find them good. Really good. Am I being duped? Should I be worried about my ability to recognize good stuff? Are they too good to be true? Yours sincerely, Difficulty in…

Doggonit!

Dear Maryuary, How can I never meet any more people who say their favorite movie is Reservoir Dogs? I think I’d be a lot happier Signed, Not That Again * * * Dear NTA, Yes, I understand your concern; you’d like to filter out sociopaths masquerading as film buffs from your circles. There is a…

I’ll scratch your shiny, shiny back if you’ll scratch mine.

Dear Maryuary, How did you get in here? Are you visiting someone in the building? Sincerely, B____ P_______ Building Security Ahhh! B_____! So glad you contacted me through this channel. Yes, I’ve been meaning to introduce myself to you in person, but alas, it is the busy season in the world of advice.   So,…

Mid-calf Crisis

So I was sitting on my dressing stool the other morning, and as I was putting on my nice new olive socks, I imagined a conversation that might be had sometime later that day: “Hey —–, nice socks!” ” Yeah, I’m too poor for a sports car, and too ugly for a trophy girlfriend- these…

Just like the cheerful chickadee…

Dear Mary you airy, Is there a nice way to tell my co-worker to stop f**king whistling around me? Thanks! *** Dear Ms. Soares,   I’m afraid there is no easy way to tell someone to stop whistling around you. Philosophers, sociologists, and etiquette experts have been grappling with this delicate matter for centuries. Pliny…