Posts Tagged: wisdom

Dinner With Gerhart and Edna


RIP, World's Oldest Man

Walter Breuning, who at 114 years old was the world's oldest living man, died yesterday. He lived in Montana and sounds like a very sweet and honest man. He was a hard worker for most of his life, but he'd lived in a nursing home since 1980 (which is close to the time that some of us has been alive!). Apparently when he was recognized for being the world's oldest man the nursing home offered him a more spacious room, but he turned them down! In recent years, he "spent his days in an armchair wearing a dark suit and tie, sitting near a framed Guinness certificate proclaiming him the world's [...]


Meditations on 12 Bits of Bathroom Graffiti

When I started grad school a few months ago, I was delighted to find that all the restrooms in the Humanities building have chalkboards in each stall. Presumably it’s a technique intended to cut down on actual graffiti, and it seems to work: Though the chalk is long gone and the messages are mostly in marker, those messages on the chalkboard, and the stalls’ walls, remain pristine (for some definition of the word pristine that includes surfaces sprayed nearly continuously with microscopic drops of toilet water).

Here are a few:

Lady 1: Well-behaved women rarely make history. Lady 2: self-hatred [with an arrow pointing to the strikeout] Ah, the [...]


Young vs. Old

Should you date someone young or someone old? On one hand, young.

Not just because of the fun you have teasing a younger guy (“Before you were born, Morrissey was in a band called The Smiths”), but because younger guys have been presoftened by a society that has evolved a lot in the past 30 years. Women’s rights, gay rights—the younger a guy is, the more evolved he is.

Whereas, old.

At a basic level, an older man never gets boring. After four decades of life, [my boyfriend] is a walking encyclopedia.

So there's your answer. Old people, because they never get boring, not one of them.


What I Imagine Tim Gunn Thinks of the Manuscript I'm Currently Writing

A list by Christine Friedlander and Adriane Quinlan, candidates in the M.F.A. program at the University of Minnesota, using only things that Tim Gunn has actually said.


1   Talk to me.

2   Speak to me, please.

3   You have a little factory here.

4   Why do you look so stressed out?

5   How did you take that heavy, flat coat and turn it into something that’s buoyant and sculptural?

6   How far are you going with this embellishment?

7   When did we go Grecian?

8   Can I be honest with you? I’m worried.

9   This is no time to be petulant.

10  I see a problem.

11  I believe you've been holding back. I believe you haven't been [...]