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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

An Attentive Reader

posted by on September 19 at 15:57 PM

Down the street at Guaymas I was just eating a taco and noticed someone at another table reading the new issue of The Stranger very intently. Whatever he was reading, he was really into it. Couldn’t help but wonder. Figured it wasn’t the book section because, well, doesn’t everyone just flip right past the book section? After a while I decided it must be Savage Love—this week: porn addicts and swim-cap fetishists—because it was toward the back of the book and, well, I’m not licking anyone’s ass to say that when you come across someone reading The Stranger, they’re usually reading Savage Love.

Although it could have been something else, too… Drunk of the Week? (He could just be a very slow reader.) Free Will Astrology? (Lots of people wanna know what’s going to happen to them.) Party Crasher? (Who doesn’t love Party Crasher?)

Finally I got up to refill my soda. Here’s what he was reading:


Yes! The book section!

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Posted by Mr. Poe | September 19, 2007 3:59 PM

Hey, those ads in the back are loads of fun. Sometimes my friends and I like to alter the ad copy. It's loads (hehe) of fun.


Posted by monkey | September 19, 2007 4:11 PM

last dayz

party crasher

drunk of week

Posted by me | September 19, 2007 4:12 PM

It seems like the personals used to be more fun a few years ago; lots of the Margaret Cho "I'm the ass bandit who's gonna rob your caboose!" style. Maybe the more creative ones are online.

Posted by Original Andrew | September 19, 2007 4:43 PM

You were sitting at a table near Charles Mudede and didn't recognize him?

Posted by left coast | September 19, 2007 4:48 PM

what? he wasn't scoping the trannies? so sexist... my gf likes reading that section, too. she likes the weird trends in false advertising. like for a while every tranny will claim a totally phony penis length. then, i dunno, big dicks will go out of style, and they'll scale it back. but they always gotta say "ff"...

Posted by christopher | September 19, 2007 4:52 PM

Have to agree with @4 - the personals are way more boring nowadays.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 19, 2007 5:50 PM

Aww, I miss the print version of The Stranger since I moved. Look, there's Mistress Matisse!

Posted by Kiru Banzai | September 19, 2007 6:14 PM

I applaud the book section. It's the first page I turn to when I use the Stranger for toilet paper, composting it afterwards. Remember that the earth is your mother, and you wouldn't tear open your mother with bulldozer an put your unread Stranger book section in her.

Posted by Cheryl Crow | September 19, 2007 6:35 PM

You haven't met my mother . . .

Posted by bob | September 19, 2007 6:52 PM

In April, Lt. Phillip Neel's photograph appeared in the Austin American-Statesman. A West Pointer who graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1998 and was stationed at Fort Hood with the 1st Calvary Division, Neel, 27, was killed in a grenade attack in Iraq's Diyala province on Easter Sunday. A month before, he had come home to the Hill Country on a two-week leave. His obituary in the Statesman hinted at the trepidation many soldiers have felt about returning to Iraq, saying that Neel "had prayed for his enemies and cried at the dinner table for the souls of his soldiers" on his last night before returning to duty.

Posted by SAVAGE lOVE-news from Dan's war | September 19, 2007 9:17 PM

The escort section makes for fine wrapping paper.

...I'm just sayin'.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | September 19, 2007 11:23 PM

I'm angry at The Stranger for lumping all the tranny ads together. It used to bring me such joy to play "Spot the Tranny" in the midst of all the other hooker ads. It was more fun than finding Waldo. That pleasure is gone, now.

Posted by JC | September 20, 2007 12:02 AM

He was probably trying to figure out which ones are cops.

Posted by Greg | September 20, 2007 8:00 AM

He probably WAS a cop, trying to figure out which one to book as, um, "research" for SPD's latest vice sting.

Posted by Geni | September 20, 2007 1:25 PM

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