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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We Are Living in the End Times

posted by on July 23 at 16:09 PM

The Nation is getting a sex column. They’re calling it “Carnal Knowledge,” which is a great name for a sex column—it’s such a great name that someone already thought of it.

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Call us when they swipe your old reader letters.

Posted by Greg | July 23, 2008 5:07 PM

I hear they're going to hire a gay columnist too.

Imitation is the sincerest form of greed.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 23, 2008 5:30 PM

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery I guess! Savage love is a better name and SURELY has more authentic questions and responses.

Posted by dawicksta | July 23, 2008 5:31 PM

Um, yeah, because if there's one word that really describes The Nation's aesthetic, it's definitely "greed". You've NAILED it, Will.

Posted by Fnarf | July 23, 2008 6:01 PM

Er, yep, Fnarf, you are correct re. the Gorden Geckoesque ambition that is The Nation.

I think it was a week ago that Will mistook The Nation for National Review. Or maybe The New Republic. Which one is more chock full of neocons? Uh, hard to say.

The bright side: they waited for several years after Hitchens left. I'd hate to think of a sex column with him involved.

Posted by CP | July 23, 2008 7:23 PM

Cute-ish girl seeks sexy-ish boy - 27 (Capitol Hill)
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Date: 2008-07-23, 11:15PM PDT

Sexy is so subjective, I know. Basically, try to be confident and don't be an ass-hat.

About me: I have one tattoo and a few unimpressive scars that I will never admit to being caused by anything other than vampires or pirates, or maybe a chupacabra. (Though I promise I won't look down on you if your scars come from more mundane sources like killer robots.)

I'm probably shy when you first get to know me, but as Dan Savage says, that's what alcohol's for. (Which is not to suggest I take everything Dan Savage says as gospel, cause let's face it--on issues that don't have to do with sex, he can be a self-centered asshat.) I don't smoke (anything). I have strong opinions on most things, including being very pro-prepositions at the end of sentences because I don't think we shouldn't have to follow any rule with a stupid basis, but I'm not always confrontational about it (my opinions in general, not just the preposition thing).

I love to read, watch movies, play video games and work on my novel, the ultimate goal being to someday move to London, where I will be in close geographical proximity to a bunch of really great accents and will be able to dye my hair blue because I'll work for myself. (Although lately I'm getting fed up with waiting for that so I may dye my hair blue sooner rather than later and see what the folks at corporate have to say about it afterward. If it's really subtle and tasteful they can't fire me for it, right?)

And I really don't like my cat, which I think makes me a bad human being. I mean, I don't hate him (sometimes he's even nice) but I'm not gonna be sad when he dies, like, 15 years from now. (Needless to say, I'm not looking to have children, um, ever. Which may be TMI at this point, I'm just saying, in relation to the whole "I got this cat and I'm stuck with it for decades" thing. I tend to think I'd feel the same way about children, so I know better than to have any.)

In a perfect world, I'm looking for my ideal bisexual boy, complete with eyeliner and nailpolish. This is not a perfect world, though, and if it was it would probably freak me out. (Which necessitates long talk about what constitutes a perfect world, what degree of conflict is required to keep everyone from going crazy, blah, blah, boring.) You don't -have- to be bi or wear eyeliner or nailpolish, I'm just saying it's super hot.

In a less perfect world (such as this one), I'm looking for someone straight or bi, ideally with a good sense of style and a sense of humor that is not too mean. Eyeliner, nail polish, and dyed hair are all a major plus.

At least one of the following should apply to you:
Like to read
Like to watch movies
Will not mock me too unmercifully for my new-found passion for Adam Ant

(I judge the people who re-post on here without changing anything so I've tried to mix it up a bit from my last post.)

Posted by From Craigslist | July 24, 2008 12:21 AM

From the front page of Thursday's WSJ:

"Addressing shareholders at last month's annual meeting, Savage Industries' (SVI: 211.33, -10.40, -1.6%) CEO Dan Savage asserted "The future has never been brighter". However, industry insiders now view The Nation's challenge as yet another sign that Savage's market slide will continue unabated.

"For decades the flagship "Savage Love" column dominated the sex advice sector and employed tens of thousands, mostly in the Pacific Northwest. More recently though, the flood of less expensive, imported Asian advice has forced deep cuts at Savage.

"This downward trend accelerated in May 2006 when Consolidated Landers International (CLI: 163.41, +9.28, +5.7%) effectively broke Savage's copyright of the phrase "splooge monkey"."

Posted by saxfanatic | July 24, 2008 5:32 AM

@5 - sorry, it's hard to keep track of which America-hating Red Bushie rag we're talking about that wants to destroy our strong Middle Class to line the pockets of their Red Comrades in the Party Elite.

You were saying?

You hate me because I'm right.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 24, 2008 10:38 AM

Will, The Nation doesn't fit your description at all. It's basically a weekly for uptight but informed lefties.

Posted by Cascadian | July 24, 2008 12:47 PM

In fact Will, you might like The Nation. I was surprised at your mistake. Yeah, it's a little prim, but they're carrying around 150 years of tradition on their wimpy, pale shoulders.

Posted by CP | July 24, 2008 5:49 PM

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