@hypnosifl I was what we would now call bullied in school, as a result friendship was always a mystery to me, and in some ways still is. And I will grant your point about romantic relationships: my main one has lasted into marriage (18 years now). Really, I think was just extremely lucky, meeting the right person. But all things are connected. If you are the type of person who can't speak easily to other people, who wonders all the time "was that an insult? What does that remark mean?" etc. (and maybe this is just my misinterpretation of the letter writer), deciphering the signals in a romantic relationship will be a nightmare.
Interestingly, I have the opposite problem from you. Small talk I learned how to do, it's the stage after small talk that mystifies me.
I think you are trying to walk before you can run. If you can't communicate with people socially at all you probably can't do a full-blown romantic relationship yet. You just don't know enough about human communication. Work on social activities and relationships...the larger stuff will eventually come, too. Also, as someone who told myself for years "there's no point in getting to know so-and-so, we obviously have nothing in common because he/she is old, young, blonde, shallow,etc." -- please, don't pre-emptively reject other people as unworthy of you (or you not worthy of them.) You can make friends, firm friends, among people you have little in common with. And you will feel much much happier.
On The World's Most Terrible Alarm Clock And Other Intentionally Uncomfortable And Hilarious Objects
The itchy garment is really just a hairshirt. Been around a long time.
I think my first inkling that most people don't know what they're talking about came from reading book blurbs. Same thing over and over for every new novel/short story collection, usually described as "luminous" or "compelling" (which I always thought was kind of a back-handed compliment.) Maybe you are confusing not having an opinion on something with not caring that much.
As for me, I'm just glad that if a Canadian had to win the Nobel Prize, it wasn't Margaret Atwood.
You know I think that same picture was in my junior high school textbook chapter on China. I remember someone wrote dirty words coming out of the mouth of the guy who was bowing.
I think what I'm trying to say is, the apple never falls far from the tree, or something like that.
"Land lease" in the James Selvidge section should be Lend-Lease, I think. Sorry. It's this kind of thing that makes people write letters to the editor!
LW2 sounds a lot like my in-laws, except they got married during the Eisenhower administration and are only now getting divorced. We are slowly trying to convince my father in law he's better off.
So, people in San Francisco were so uncertain about what time zone they lived in that it had to be printed on the newspaper masthead?
Also, "Aged Man suffers Fracture of Legs?" Wtf?
I've seen those shirts too and I always thought either it had something to do with Chipotle or was a pot reference.
Anyway, these kinds of movements always begin in idealism and end in lawsuits.
The more I read of these letters, the more I am convinced that either I was really, really lucky (lived together 7 yrs, married 18 yrs. in October) or they did things better in the 1950s.