The Date That 8. New York

Oh, that Jennifer 8. Lee. It's not enough that she has a number for a middle name, insuring that her byline will always be noticed and recognized. It's not enough that she's made a stunning career for herself, landing a job as a staff reporter at the New York Times when she was 24. Twenty-four! OK, so she has her detractors. But that's only because she's so popular.

This latest Jenny 8. feat takes the cake: In an article for the Times, she coined the term "man date" to describe the awkward social situation that occurs when two straight men go on an outing that would be considered romantic if they were with a woman. Writes Lee:
Dining together across a table without the aid of a television is a man date; eating at a bar is not. Taking a walk in the park together is a man date; going for a jog is not. Attending the movie "Friday Night Lights" is a man date, but going to see the Jets play is definitely not.

"Sideways," the Oscar-winning film about two buddies touring the central California wine country on the eve of the wedding of one of them, is one long and boozy man date.
The man date. It's freaking perfect.

I wish I had an unusual name. If I did, I bet I'd be coining phrases for the New York Times by now.


Katie said...

hmmm, who wanted to go see this Oscar winning movie?

Gienna said...

You did. And who thought it sounded dumb? That was me. In fact, I think my exact words were "Who wants to go see a movie about a boozy man date?"

Anonymous said...

A very good movie, but not as good as Spanglish...the best movie I've seen lately...bring a hankie!

bodhi said...

Man-date? I would think sho could be more orginal than that...

Anonymous said...

Umm, but you do have an unusual name, so no excuses. If you are aiming to the heights of or feeling envious of someone as idiotic as Jennifer 8. Lee, you should really think again. She offers nothing to the world except a photograph of how trivial some New Yorkers can be. Spend your time being envious of Sy Hersh, and then go for a byline.

Gienna said...

See what I mean? Bodhi and anonymous are jealous because Jenny 8. is so cute and popular and talented.

I bet Bodhi never coined a phrase. "Don't Bogart that dubie, bro," doesn't count.