There seems to be a new trend in recession-era dating and, oddly enough, it involves books. I've blogged before about bookshelf deal-breakers, but this takes it to the next level. Both The New York Review of Books and The London Review of Books are posting personal ads. Here are some choice ones, courtesy of the Seattle PI:
"I butchered three volumes of Seamus Heaney to produce this ad."
"In a certain light I look like Robert Mitchum. In a certain light you look like Kim Novak. More usually I look like Shrek. More usually you still look like Kim Novak. Yes, you're very unlucky. Now pass me the Doritos and get over it."
"I am the literary event of 2007, or at least the most entertaining drunk on my ward."
"Blah, blah, whatever. Indifferent woman. Go ahead and write."
If personal ads are too impersonal for you, try "Read Dating": part singles mixer, part reader's advisory. The Minnesota Library Association has one slated for October 29th and the University Bookstore in Seattle holds them regularly. And if you're based in the UK, check out Penguin Dating: an online dating site where you canfind like-minded bibliophiles. What do you think? Are books really a good indicator of romantic compatibility? Feel free to opine in the comments.