You Are What You Are And You Ain't What You Ain't
by Dan Savage
on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 6:56 AM
Your acknowledgement of Pauline "Dear Abby" Phillips' death reminded me of this song by Chicago's own John Prine. The first time that I heard it I thought, "Yes: that's always here advice. You are what you are and you ain't what you ain't." Here's hoping someone writes a song about your advice-giving because it often approaches Dear-Abby/Dear-Anne levels of sublime and ridiculous.