Friday, February 20, 2009

Take Their Advice

My problem with advice is that I listen to too much of it. And if you spend enough time online you get hit with a lot of advice. Yesterday, for example, Karl Lagerfeld, who writes an advice column for Harper’s Bazaar, suggested that I never wear stilettos while drinking. Thanks, Karl. Noted.

And today, there was some marriage advice from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who gave me a list of “ten cheap dates” that would see my marriage through tough economic times. My favorite: “Pick up the latest hot dance CD” and “plan your own party for later.” That’s probably excellent advice, but it does raise the question: Would a Catholic bishop really be the first person you would turn to for dating advice?

There are some good online sources for advice, like Kristen Hoggatt’s “Ask a Poet” column in the very fine journal The Smart Set. Sample question: “I’m pissed that I can’t play my Wii all day to make a living. I’m really good at it. Don’t you think my skills are valuable in the job market?”

I would love to offer some advice of my own on that question, but right now I have to run out and pick up the latest hot dance CD.


  1. Oh that Karl, what a caution.

  2. Thanks for the link to Ask a Poet. Something else to add to Google Reader.

  3. The advice I've been contemplating recently came to me not online, but in print. In a recent New York Times article Carla Bruni-Sarkozy announced that women over the age of 28 should not wear makeup, as it ages us. I'm still working on that one.

  4. When in trouble with your husband or spouse, never ever talk about these problems with your friends, mother or parents ... if you want a real help on this, go to your spouse or husband mother or father or his or her best friend or relatives and tell them about your situation. This advice has given them very fast and some times unexpected and very good solutions, and at the same time they get to understand many of their spouses vision of the trouble, and that has in many instances changed their perspective and perception of the problem. Other way to heal from troubled relationship is to go for marriage counselors advice.