You should date an illiterate girl

“Don’t date a girl who reads because girls who read are the storytellers. You with the Joyce, you with the Nabokov, you with the Woolf. You there in the library, on the platform of the metro, you in the corner of the café, you in the window of your room. You, who make my life so god damned difficult.

The girl who reads has spun out the account of her life and it is bursting with meaning. She insists that her narratives are rich, her supporting cast colorful, and her typeface bold. You, the girl who reads, make me want to be everything that I am not. But I am weak and I will fail you, because you have dreamed, properly, of someone who is better than I am.

You will not accept the life that I told of at the beginning of this piece. You will accept nothing less than passion, and perfection, and a life worthy of being storied. So out with you, girl who reads. Take the next southbound train and take your Hemingway with you. I hate you. I really, really, really hate you.”

Stolen from the wonderful Emily Scott’s tumblr. The original piece however is by Charles Warnke and the entire piece can be read here.



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3 responses to “You should date an illiterate girl

  1. Gem

    haha, but Shannon…that puts all of us out of the running now! and all the men will have to travel to third-world countries, and we will forever be without them, and we’ll have to resort to stem-cell babies and stuff. Who am I kidding, when do they leave? :P

  2. freedomtights

    Maybe.. But I think watching chick flicks and any tv show really idealises a relationship too. So therefore we should expand it even more!

  3. Gem

    good point, it does blow things out of proportion. Maybe we can start again on another planet somewhere down the track, and re-write the rules? What rules? Its all so confusing!!!

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