Category Archives: Social

An institute you can’t disparage

We went to a wedding this weekend, my first in several years. It’s surprising that I don’t get invited more often, as I’m a delightful guest. At any rate, this was my coworker Lucy’s wedding, and she invited me because we work closely and have shared a small office for a couple of years. And perhaps because I hinted that I would have her fired if I didn’t get an invitation. I was honored to attend.

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“People You May Know”

Who the fuck is this?

Who the fuck is this?

A couple of years ago I received two friend requests on Facebook from Houstonians, neither of whom I recognized. I was surprised because I lived in Houston for only three years in the early ’90s, and I was so angry and arrogant then that I didn’t get close to many people. (Then I moved to New York, where I fit right in.)

One of the requests was from an artist, the other one from a civilian (let’s call the latter Larry). I had recently unfriended someone whose name I didn’t recognize only to find out that she had been named one of the curators for the Whitney Biennial, so I was afraid to make a similar mistake. I emailed my best friend Jeff to find out if he knew them, and he remembered Larry immediately. “Don’t you remember that painting you gave him for his birthday? You bought a landscape at a thrift store and you cut a toy car in half and stuck it on to look as if it were driving through.” I remembered the painting, but I still had no memory of Larry. Jeff also pointed out neither of us knew the other guy. I friended both just in case.

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