Also, re Hollywood Homely, it fits so nicely with the idea that if you're not trying to be beautiful, no one will think you are. Even if the raw material is there, you have to enhance it with all sorts of crap. Put in some effort.
When Audrey and Cary Grant were making Charade (great movie, great book) he was said to have been very uncomfortable with their age difference, and asked for rewrites so that young Audrey was chasing after him and he was (kind of) fighting her off saying she was too young for him. Guess he saw Funny Face.
Kay Thompson being DV, the Think Pink number, so great.
Team Decca! Read her letters.
Or, you just changed your mind.
@CaitlinRenee Mary Roach has a really great bit in Spook about how people with actual grants to study these things objectively test psychics, and the first thing is, the readings have to be blind, where the reader can't see any reaction from the subject, and you have to offer the test subjects transcripts of multiple readings, some of which are not theirs. Then the readers pick the ones that seem on the mark to them, and that's how you grade them. And, they fail. When they can't adjust their reading according to the reader's reaction many psychics refuse to participate. The ones who will don't do any better than random selections.
@Erryoudite And that goes double for all you script doctors out there. And social engineers.
Marry that phone!
You. All of you. Go and read The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine. Then read the rest of her books.
Oh my god the weeping.