Monday, January 30, 2006
Further Evidence of the Decline of Western Civilzation
The other day I critiqued a profile for a female friend of mine who’s giving online dating (another) try. The site, Match.com, looked pretty good to me, and, my love-life being molto doloroso e lamentoso these days, I decided I’d sign up for the service.
One of the cool things you can do on Match.com is a kind of “keyword” search of other peoples’ profiles. So, for instance, you can search “Mozart” or “literature” and see who’s mentioned Mozart or literature in their profile.
So I got an idea.
I typed in: “Ligeti.”
“Adams:” also nothing. “Carter:” nada. “Ades:” zilch. “Reich:” (surely there had to be SOMEone out there – within a 25 mile radius of Brooklyn – who liked Steve Reich) but no. I tried “Arvo” and “Part” – but to no avail. “Glass” got one match, but it had nothing to do with music. “Kurtag,” obviously, got me nowhere, and even “Beethoven” only brought up a measly ten women – all of whom were looking for guys older than I am. The results for “symphony” proved similarly discouraging.
So I then capitulated to the horrible truth.
I typed in: “Coldplay.”