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August 16, 2001
two thumbs down
Have you ever noticed how Hollywood makes Being Sad seem cool ?
When people in movies have their hearts broken or some tragedy befalls them, they become real attractive. The clothes they put on in a vacant daze are tragically hip, not too neat and not too shabby. Like they're walking around in a movie based on the J Crew catalogue. No matter how bad the weather is, you wish you were in it. And regardless of what has happened---divorce, terminal illness, death---there's some plaintive, romantic music playing which, in turn, makes the characters more beautiful, the weather more inviting and the clothes more chic. When I see these Sad People, I start praying for sadness.
Then it comes.
It catches you in real life.
And you realize it is decidedly uncool to be sad.
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