James Liekes is writing about this article. Amazing. Some women are married, and other are not. Stop the presses. Of course, Mr. James has a few thoughts on the quality of the analysis, and then goes on to muse about the bias against marriage (or is it just men) in the article.
Here’s my favorite quote about expectations in marriage:
“I prefer the model where one person is interested in the flowers that grow by the road, and the other discourses on the history of pavement, and you both speculate on the birds in the boughs above.”
That’s us, after nineteen years now — he’s noticing the wildlife, I’m waving my arms about political affairs, and we’re swinging together in the hammock at the end of the day watching the sunset. It balances out pretty nicely.
Oh, and I like this quote, too:
“But that’s not the most instructive thing about the story. No. The real story reflects on the newspaper industry, and it comes after the story’s conclusion.
Ariel Sabar, Brenda Goodman and Maureen Balleza contributed reporting.
It took four people to write and report that piece. Keep that in mind the next time you hear a tale about ruthless cutbacks in the newsroom.”