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Dear Juliet,

Posted in Romeo & Juliet with tags , , , on 2010/02/18 by mattermind

Good news — and just in time — from the Christian Science Monitor.

This is why girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, and boys… um… well… catch a Tiger by the tale.



Juliet lives! Despite William Shakespeare’s best efforts, Romeo’s star-crossed sweetheart has survived, at least in the minds of lovesick women and girls all over the world. For more than 70 years, when others have failed them, desperate souls have penned “Dear Juliet” letters that arrive regularly at the official Verona “home” of the Bard’s fairest and most tragic heroine.

The first few trickled in following the release of director George Cukor’s 1936 film “Romeo and Juliet.” After World War II, they took off, with some addressed simply to “Juliet – Verona.” City officials finally decided to accept and embrace this phenomenon, and in 1972 formed Club di Giulietta – The Juliet Club – where volunteers answer every plaintive missive, now averaging about 100 a week.


Parisian Love

Posted in Asides, YouTube with tags , , , , on 2010/02/07 by mattermind

It was by far my favorite ad during the Super Bowl this year. As it turns out (and it figures) Google has been running it for quite awhile on YouTube.

But I certainly hadn’t seen it before. To show you what a sap I am, I utterly adored it. Telling a story through a series of Google queries seemed not only heartfelt and witty in comparison to all the lame beer commercials and jock humor, but also the most thematically spot on: search after all is what Google is about.

Houses made out of Bud Lite, coffins filled with Doritos? I didn’t just dislike those — I hated them. Ick.

Here is the Google ad, in case you missed it. Enjoy!