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December 09, 2004


Elizabeth Michel

Dear Jory,

I feel your pain! My husband doesn't watch TV, but until Howard Stern exited regular radio, this sensitive, evolved man often felt impelled to relate to me at dinner what he laughed about while listening to HS that morning on his way to work. After many years of pondering this phenomenon, I cannot tell you exactly why a middle-aged man who is in touch with his feminine side, likes to cuddle and never denigrates women will nevertheless shut off his beloved Bach or turn his back on NPR feature stories about victims of war that bring him to tears (yes, he wants to share those with me, too) to listen to this crap.

To understand this apparent aberration in our men, I think we need to study something deep about humor, maybe Freud, hmm? In the meantime, I hope it comforts you to know that my husband, despite his HS yuks, has managed to raise a son who is so sensitive and evolved in other ways. Since my husband is your bfriend's father and bfriend is bringing you home to us for the holidays, let's talk about it then!

See you soon!



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