“Date a girl who doesn’t read.”

2 02 2011

Date a girl who doesn’t read. Find her in the weary squalor of a Midwestern bar. Find her in the smoke, drunken sweat, and varicolored light of an upscale nightclub. Wherever you find her, find her smiling. Make sure that it lingers when the people that are talking to her look away. Engage her with unsentimental trivialities. Use pick-up lines and laugh inwardly. Take her outside when the night overstays its welcome. Ignore the palpable weight of fatigue. Kiss her in the rain under the weak glow of a streetlamp because you’ve seen it in film. Remark at its lack of significance.

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[Date a girl who doesn’t read] because nothing sucks worse than a girl who reads. Do it, I say, because a life in purgatory is better than a life in hell. Do it, because a girl who reads possesses a vocabulary that can describe that amorphous discontent as a life unfulfilled—a vocabulary that parses the innate beauty of the world and makes it an accessible necessity instead of an alien wonder. A girl who reads lays claim to a vocabulary that distinguishes between the specious and soulless rhetoric of someone who cannot love her, and the inarticulate desperation of someone who loves her too much. A vocabulary, god damnit, that makes my vacuous sophistry a cheap trick.

- Charles Warnke

Task:

Read the full post here. When you’re done reading, scroll to the comments at the bottom and read the comments . You will discover that readers have interpreted this piece quite differently – some believe that the entry is a response to a bad relationship with a voracious reader; others believe that the intent is, in fact, to illustrate why one should date someone who reads.

Question:

What is the author’s attitude towards dating girls who read? Give evidence to support your answer.

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3 responses

30 08 2011
Apple

I still don’t really get what is the difference between attitude and tone…

In class, i was told that tone refers to ” how the author is saying it” and the attitude being ” what the author is talking about”.

An example given was: The author’s tone is frustrated. He is critical of… (attitude).

I can’t grasp this concept. I feel that both can be used interchangeably e.g. frustration becomes the attitude.

30 08 2011
Adrienne de Souza

An author’s attitude describes how he feels: His attitude is one of anger / frustration / contempt

An author’s tone describes the manner in which the expresses that feeling: His tone is angry / frustrated / contemptuous

Here, I’ve used the same root words for both attitude and tone – just that I’ve expressed attitude as a noun and tone as a verb. I find that this helps, though more often than not, it’s not necessary.

However, here are some words that are unique to either category. For example, sarcastic is a tone, and cannot be an attitude. Same applies to condescending / sardonic / derisive / mocking – they’re all ‘tone’ words, and cannot be used to describe attitude.

Sent from my iPhone

30 08 2011
Apple

Thanks.

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