At a recent One Story gathering (i.e. a bar), the conversation, as it so often does, turned to dating and books. One of us had recently broken things off with a guy who had mentioned his favorite book of all time was Tuesdays with Morrie (not the primary reason, of course). It sounds shallow out of context. But it’s an interesting question. In New York, there’s certainly no shortage of people who enjoy reading but just how important is it what your potential partner reads? We got to talking and realized that there are plenty of “dealbreaker” books but not so many “dealmakers.” For dealmakers, Italo Calvino was named and Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There and ladies like Joan Didion and Lorrie Moore. We could all agree that familiarity with short stories was a turn-on.
There is one Brooklyn bookstore hoping to bring literate lovebirds together by matching their literary tastes. Visitors to Word on Franklin Street in Greenpoint can now leave notes on a community bulletin board listing their favorite books and authors, along with contact info for interested parties to get in touch. Though no matches have been made yet, we at One Story think it’s a great idea. In that same spirit, chime in readers, men and women alike. What and who would you put on your own likes/dislikes list? And what would you absolutely not want to hear a first date say they love? And let’s keep things civil. Remember, this is all in good fun.