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In Print: Secret Single Behavior, Baby Sloths, Finding ‘The One’ and a Letter From Frederick Douglass

February 29, 2012

What I’ve been reading lately

– Drinking champagne in the shower at 8 am, naked peanut butter eating, peeing with the door open, talking to yourself (and the cat) and other ‘quirky’ habits of those who live alone.

– Ladies, it’s almost Anti-Flirt Week, so please take note of these rules and stay away from ‘the slick, dandified cake eater.’

– Orphaned baby sloths in hand-knit onesies. ‘Nuff said.

– Mormonism, past and present, in the lead-up to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics:

“Among my great-grandparents, we had at least two who were polygamous,” Mitt Romney told me. One of them, a woman named Hannah Hood Hill, wrote a memoir in which she described the difficulty of sharing her husband with another woman. “She talks about how she and her husband wept together when he was asked by Brigham Young to marry another woman,” Romney said. “My great-grandmother prepared a room for this new wife and knitted her a rag rug. Brigham Young ultimately asked him to take five additional wives. It was the great trial of the early Mormon pioneers.” Romney told me that when his father ran for President his friends kidded him that there wouldn’t be enough room in the White House for a family gathering. “My dad had something like two hundred and thirty-two first cousins,” Romney said.

– Why do the Oscars hate popular comedies?

– Women can propose to their gents today on Leap Day, so here are some old-timey postcards for inspiration.

– How do you know if your best friend is ‘the one’ (aka the Gayle to your Oprah)?

– “I am your fellow man, but not your slave.” A letter from Frederick Douglass to his former slave master:

The long and intimate, though by no means friendly, relation which unhappily subsisted between you and myself, leads me to hope that you will easily account for the great liberty which I now take in addressing you in this open and public manner.

Inside the London Library, where you may be sitting next to a Nobel-winning author or check out a first edition.

Also, I not-so-secretly want to be this woman:

theparisreview.org

Do you have ‘secret single behavior’? What have you read recently?

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  1. February 29, 2012 6:30 pm

    I think it’s the sign of a good marriage that I have plenty of not-so-secret quirky behavior that my husband knows about and either laughs at or ignores 🙂 Doesn’t everyone have this “single” behavior?

    I like that article on “the one”- I don’t really have any major bra issues like the author seems to, but I am really bad at sleeping with people in the room- like I just have issues with it for some reason, but with my husband and my BFF I sleep like a baby… that’s kind of like taking off my bra at her house?

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