Booklicious: Getting Personal with the LRB

February 25, 2011


The London Review of Books is Britain's most esteemed literary magazine. Published fortnightly, it features essays, reviews and the most outrageous personal ads ever set in type. The following is a selection from the latest issue. 

*Unfortunately I suffer from vertigo, seeking slim librarian type female for help with top shelf titles. Energetic slim male 59.
box no: 05/01 

*Stieglitz seeks O'Keeffe. American writer in France, 62, broke but not poor, seeks brilliant younger woman, 35-50, for mutual inspiration. Must be sane, independent, resourceful.

*Struggling Metaphysical Poet, Tyneside, 52, seeks friend agreeable to spemding fairly regular evenings linstening to (classical) music. PS I’ve espicailly written the following sonnet to go with my advert:Love SongsWe could take almost any song but we
Will now look at She Loves You (yeah yeah yeah),
The crucial question is, “who is this she?”
Is she your latest romantic affair,
Or could the song be taken as a prayer?
If God is love, the song may be about
Out bond with Him (it could be He’s a Her)
Or was it just meant to be about doubt
Between a boy and girl who once went out?
The secret of the popular tunesmith
Is “What’s in the heart of each lass and lad
Will strike a chord, resonate and come out”.
One view is it’s likely God’s there, and with
A love like that you know you should be glad.
box: 05/02


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