I love "On Self-Respect" more than I love my hypothetical future children, but I've a feeling that if I were Joan's friend, I'd be tempted to say "Chillax, yo" a lot.
"Waitress in the Sky" only 25? You're insane.
True, though in my family "interesting" saved you from having to articulate an opinion on anything that was in any way provocative. Could be good, could be bad, but best of all is we just don't think about it!
Oh my GOD. This is good. Or, you know, in MN parlance, "interesting." Or "something." (Usage: "Isn't that something!" Typical response: "Yes. And did you see how much snow they got up in Blaine?")
Funny, this, because I'd heard that Mark Greif was engaged. Engaged to be married. If not already married.
In Left Behind (yes, I've actually read it), the Anti-Christ is a youthful, tall, good-looking smooth operator who yammers on a lot about hope and unity and is altogether impressive. Then you figure that millions of Americans don't read that book as fiction, or who see it as "fiction" in service of a broader truth...and you get polls like this.