Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I Heart Larry Doyle

Larry Doyle wrote for The Simpsons, but the reason I really love him is because he wrote a New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs column on the destination wedding that is pitch-perfect.

WASP-y names? Check.

Hard to get to locale that makes the betrothed couple appear "adventurous" while really showing them to be imperialist and exploitative? Check.

Casual mention of some kind of social issue to seem like they aren't? Check.

Don't bother with the old-school New Yorker. I don't know why they would have even printed it in the fuddy-duddy mag with instructions to go online. This is a truly interactive piece. With a fake website! And a fake movie (that someone will probably think is a great idea and make)!

It almost makes me forgive the NYer for the fact that Rebecca Mead wrote a book about the wedding industry, and OK, I like her writing and all but really, her observations about the wedding industry are not ALL. THAT. NEW for her to be getting ALL. THAT. PRESS.


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