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Wednesday, June 13, 2007


posted by on June 13 at 15:20 PM

The reviews for this week’s installment of “Savage Love” are already rolling in, and they’re decidedly mixed.

I’ve read you faithfully since junior year of high school, which makes it somewhere close to ten years now. I’ve always felt so much gratitude for filling the niche that you do, that I’ve never held it against you for persevering on politics (preaching to the choir). And I’ve never felt that you mailed it in—until this week.

I hope that you were either just proving a point, what with your merciless dismissals of these pathetic unconsidered inquiries, or merely overwhelmed by the luxury of some exotic excursion. But judging as how you usually regale us with stories of such adventures, I’ll go out on a limb and suggest the job has begun to catch up with you. Say it ain’t so! And, for the love of mankind, step it up next week, will you?

By the way, if you’re ever around Boston, I’d love to buy you a beverage.


I read you weekly in the Dig in Boston. I must say I prefer your amended, to-the-point responses in this “quickie” version of your usual column. You actually fit more bizarre stories and responses on one page, giving much more reading pleasure on a single page than usual.

Please consider this style moving forward and keep up the great work.

Brad In Boston

great advice in your latest column! you seem to be too busy to even bother… distracted? trouble at home? bored? where’s the love mr. savage?

missing you

Amazing. This week’s column is the best. More.

So, yeah, very mixed reviews on this week’s column. Some folks loved it, some hated it. But I never phone ‘em in, Jordan. This week’s column actually took more time to pull together than one of my usual Dan-on-a-rant columns. It took me longer to pull together letters that could be dismissed with a word two than grabbing the first few interesting letters off the top of the pile and banging something out would have.

But, like, hey. They can’t make everybody happy. And readers that were disappointed by this week’s column—no venting? no self-indulgent digressions? no political rants?—are gonna enjoy next week’s column, I promise…

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it's funny because there are a lot of relationship issues that only require this kind of brevity. especially the cell phone tits one.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 13, 2007 3:51 PM

Ditto #1. Drama doesn't always call for long winded explanations. I enjoyed this week -- half the pleasure of your column is reading about people's fucked up lives -- but I wouldn't want it all the time. I like reading your prose.

Posted by Gloria | June 13, 2007 3:54 PM

You could blame it on Freaky Friday.

Posted by elswinger | June 13, 2007 4:03 PM

I loved this - it was built like a perfect stand-up comedy routine. By the time I got to "How the fuck should I know? Next!" I had tears streaming down my face.

Posted by winterwoman | June 13, 2007 4:04 PM

I liked it, certainly humorous, but I missed the "Dan" in it. I'd say to run a "Next!" column every once in a while, but not make it your standard approach. Nice way to mix things up, if nothing else.

Posted by lymerae | June 13, 2007 4:06 PM

I know what you mean.I have to look like I'm working while reading this, so trying to keep a straight face was very hard.
Sometimes I wish your column was longer Dan, so you could address lots of different people and still talk too much.

Posted by Enigma | June 13, 2007 4:06 PM

I looked at it like a very efficient method of cleaning out what must be one of the fullest inboxes in America. Well done.

Posted by gracynyc | June 13, 2007 4:21 PM

Variety rocks. A good change makes the fastball look faster.

Posted by Smade | June 13, 2007 5:00 PM

I'm in the "awesome every so often camp." Sometimes life isn't complicated.

It would be great if Ms. Manners did this occasionaly as well:

Q. Miss Manners, I just don't know what to do about my mother-in-law. Every time I make dinner, she offers to set the table. But she always put the fork on the wrong side. And I really like her, but it's the wrong side for the fork. What should I do?
A. Grow a spine. Worry about the war in Iraq, not where the fucking fork goes.

Posted by Big Sven | June 13, 2007 5:01 PM

Well, I thought it was the best column of SL I've read in years.


Posted by Real | June 13, 2007 5:41 PM

Loved it, d, though I do love a good rant...

Posted by East coast port, xh | June 13, 2007 6:21 PM

It was both great (funny) and bad (your writing is a pleasure to read, even when we disagree, so in that sense it was disappointing). Every so often? No problem, especially when the questions only require a one line response.

Posted by Kristi | June 13, 2007 6:32 PM

The main reason I liked this week's column is because it manages to squeezes in a large number of letters in. No offense Dan, but sometimes your long-ass responses and rants limit the column to two letters. Let's get back to the most important element -- the freaks.

Posted by Krizpy Kremes | June 13, 2007 8:07 PM

While we all love your "Dan-O-Rants" I thought this week's column was an hysterical change of pace....bravo

Posted by Connecticut | June 13, 2007 8:09 PM

Liked it, thumbs up. I can really appreciate the fact that this week's column took a lot more effort than most. All that time culling the letters that deserved just what you gave them. Sometimes research can be a bitch.

But only on occasion, eh? The more Dan, the merrier the readers.

Posted by Chilly | June 13, 2007 9:33 PM

Dan has a column?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 13, 2007 11:19 PM

Definitely in the "awesome every once in a while" camp. I mean, how the fuck should you know?

Posted by Darcy | June 13, 2007 11:30 PM

@9, Big Sven, that is hilarious! Thank you. (Paris, you are such great fodder).

Posted by lawrence clark | June 14, 2007 4:05 AM

Thanks for making me feel like the fucking dumbass I was when you answered my letter. Thanks a whole fucking lot. I mean that. If you ever find your way south, I'd love to buy you a beer.

Posted by JV | June 14, 2007 12:20 PM

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