Cacciaguida

Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Monday, April 19, 2004
 
Something for the under-25s -- and their friends

Here is the student column on "friend-crushes" that was featured in today's Washington Post Style Section. Kind of sweet, really, and much better than the Post's piece based on it. Samples:

....But you're a writer. You can describe anything. That's what you do: pictures to words, events to words, words to even better words. But nothing seems right. More like you're afraid that if you stare at her for too long, you'll prove your parents right: that yes, your face will stick that way. But you wouldn't mind.

....You can't remember your teaching assistant's name, and you can't remember that your Puffton rent check was due four days ago, yet you remember the middle name of the kid who tripped her in fifth grade and gave her that cute little scar on her shoulder....


The volume of responses was way above what this particular college paper normally gets. Eventually the editors "had to" shut this article down to new responses. I don't think they had to -- electrons don't take up much room -- I just think they were a bit miffed that one of their writers had struck a national nerve while the others just crank out the standard pabulum of student journalism.