True confession: I have an addiction – to Philip Galanes”s “Social Q’s” advice column on Sunday in The New York Times.
There’s no excuse. I should be reading important
news (wars, failing economies, natural disasters). I should be saving my appetite for the main course (a balanced plateful of misery),
But instead, what am I doing? Eating dessert first. Chowing down on Q’s (questions) from the socially challenged and answers that are tart and tender, smart and blender-whipped into a mousse of wit and uncommon sense. Who can help licking the spoon? Not I.
And now I don’t have to wait for Sunday! Social Q’s
is now a book (light weight or downloadable). I can carry my social conscience with me like Pinocchio’s Jiminy Cricket. If I’m tempted to misdemean or make a scene or lie, Mr. Galanes clues me in on what’s cricket and what’s out of bounds. Good thing too, I can’t afford to have my nose grow – not with the price of cosmetic surgery!
If I’m tempted to lay down my personal social laws, Mr. Galanes lays out some tongue-in-cheek formulas for deciding when to play Mom and when to keep mum.
Speaking of tongues and cheeks, I can’t wait to revisit Mr. Galanes’ dessert buffet and expand my uh-mind. But you know what they say about second helpings – I better wear stretch pants.
(Editor: Jay Berman)
Read Social Q’s! ‘Nuff said!
Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Book: “Queens of Comedy”
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