I just read that review by Matt Zoller Seitz, and I'm at a loss as to how you could say that he didn't like it. He may not have thought it was the NEW BEST THING EVAR, but it's hardly a negative review.
@pamb I'm guessing the reason Mormon Mom got the reaction she did was because it was a (to use your words) very angry rant. If she'd laid out her objections in a more thoughtful manner, maybe she would have received more thoughtful responses.
@Megasus I love your comments and I think you are so right on most of the time that it pains me to disagree, but I don't know that it's entirely the patriarchy. I don't think it's even societal norms and advertising and shitty rom-coms, and I think it's possible to feel that way without being a virgin. If, just for example, you have this lacklustre romantic history and relatively few prospects.
I think there's definitely an element of grief there - Bette's interpretation of that word aside. It's like a grieving for a part of you that's unexplored, a life unlived, the person you might have been if... If things had been different. If you'd found someone or they you. If you hadn't been scared. If you hadn't felt damaged. If only.
Clearly, I have some feelings about this.
@antipretty There's one in Vancouver near my office. I haven't been though, because since it opened the line-ups have been ridiculous and there's no way I'm spending half of my lunch hour just to get some overpriced Mexican-ish food.
Maybe if the crowd dies down once the novelty wears off I'll try it, but I make a pretty killer guac so I'm in no hurry.
@atipofthehat I think any child is better off with two parents are happy, however they make that happen, than with two parents who live under the same roof and get up to crazy shit like this.
@morkbee I love your parents.
@kickupdust So glad I'm not the only one who thought that...
It reminds me of the footage from "The Dance" of Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham singing "Silver Springs". Maybe there's some staginess there (they're all artists, after all), but the emotion is undeniable.
I kept forgetting to breathe through long sections of this, and that last sentence damn near wiped me out. I am bookmarking your blog so I can seek out more of your writing ASAFP.
(I would totally wear the Shirley Maclaine one.)