It is! The picture relates to the origin of the commenter name.
Did you know that New Zealand was the first country to declare itself a Jonathan Franzen-free zone? Many other countries have followed since, and New Zealand has since prohibited Jonathans Lethem and Safran Foer.
I don't understand why this piece fails to address every possible aspect of kyriarchy, including the one I am secretly thinking about right now. Very disappointing, Jia, this is not what I read the Hairpin for.
Oof. You do know the joke about space pens?
I think you should go for it! Ordinarily it might be odd that you didn't say anything earlier, but no longer working together provides you with the best of excuses. Don’t worry about not being “pretty”, everyone has their own preferences for attraction, so you might be right for him or you might not, no matter who you are. Hearing “no” is always hard, but nothing ventured nothing gained! I think that most people are flattered to hear someone else express interest, and I can’t imagine that anyone would think the less of you for it (at least anyone who you should care about). Don’t overplay your interest, but do be clear that you want to see him.
And watch out for Facebook or other ways of contacting him that he might miss and never respond to! If there’s a sure-fire way to reach him, use that to ask him for a good time to call, and, in the call, do some small talk then go in for the kill (“You know, I wanted to say this before, but we were working together and I didn’t want to make anything awkward. Now that I’ve moved on, I was wondering if we could meet up for coffee/whatever.”)
"something that is hurting zero people"
That's sort of the heart of it, isn't it? I'm inclined to agree with your description, but I can see how others might have some reason to disagree.
"(Whichever end you prefer.)"
@fondue with cheddar
Wash your hands. Before you eat. Three times at first. Then again. Until they bleed. Then again.
Only then will you be "eating clean."
@Cat named Virtute
I'm on a gin-and-juice cleanse right now. It's going great.
What about the cookie orphans, then? (I'm assuming that you wouldn't be eating selfish, childless cookies.)
Better eat them all, just to be safe.
I think you put your finger on it: it is unclear what the writer truly wants, perhaps (again, taking the inquiry seriously here) even to herself.