Prošlo je vrijeme onih očajničkih oglasa iz Arene: Hrvat (45), povratnik iz Njemačke, ne pije, ne puši, razveden ne svojom krivnjom.
London Review of Books, u skladu sa svojom fancy
-reputacijom, na odjelu osobnih oglasa ugošćuje pažnje vrijedne svate.
I laugh at my own jokes. They’re all about you. Many levels of arse-holery with publishing M., 43. Box no. 09/05
Woman, 36. Likes anagrams, crosswords, logic puzzles and screwing with your head. It’s not that I don’t like you. Box no. 08/04
I like you because you read magazines with big words. And you’ve got great booblies. I can live without the first. But the second is non-negotiable. Shallow man, 34. When I say ‘shallow’, I mean, damn. Box no. 08/08
One koje se skrivaju iza imena poznatih:
Chomsky seeks Greer.
Salinger, 33, seeks Sagan.
Tolstoy, 34, seeks Anna
One koji traže pomoć oko orijentacije:
Yes, sir. I can boogie. Man. Academic. 62. Quite possibly gay. Box no. 08/12
One koji, bez obzira na usamljenost, nisu izgubili smisao za humor,
Woman, 43, would like to meet a man – any man – whose evolutionary path isn’t that of Homer Simpson. Suspecting that’s too difficult, I may go lesbian. Box no. 08/10
Fellow US LRB readers: I think these guys are serious. Seek comfort in Scientology, or else F, 39, mostly in London but occasionally in TX. Box no. 09/08
Have you ever had an out of body experience? BBC production crew would like to hear all about it. I, however, just want to hear about your mother. Woman, 43, seeks typical, non-Fortean LRBer. Box no. 09/09
pa niti nakon iskustava s oženjenom starčadi:
Good-looking, entertaining writer, F, 30, seeks attractive, charming, witty, relatively sane man, 30-40, to share adventures in London. No married oldsters.
A Oscara u kategoriji Usamljenih srca osvaja:
Would you like to surprise my bookshelves? M, 34, living in Berkshire, seeks 30-something woman to suggest new things to read and more interesting reasons for not reading them. Box no. 08/01
Poslije svega ovoga ne čudi niti oglas iz naslova.