Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Wanted: M/f Person No 3957

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Wanted: M/f Person No 3957

Article excerpt

Set by Brendan J O'Byrne

We asked for heartsearch ads from famous novelists

Report by Ms de Meaner

I loved them all, though I got just a teensy bit tired of the Jane entries that began: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single novelist" or "Wanted, single man in possession of a good fortune". The winners get [pounds sterling]15 each. The overall winner, Anne Du Croz, also gets the Tesco vouchers.

You are a patient listener. I am a rambling raconteur. Share my
reminiscences over tea and madeleines. Marcel
American writer seeks inspiration. You are young. You are lithe. You
fight bulls. Meet me. Wear something silky. Make it lime green or pink.
Call me Papa. Ernest
Have you crawled out from under your dad's shadow; escaped a bad
marriage; suffered with your teeth, writer's block, and atavistic
despair ... but won through? Let's not call it narcissism--I love you
already. Martin
Anne Du Croz

With a last gasp of sputtering Romanticism, and without wanting to fall
into the trap of verbigeration, this feracious fabulist anxious to
create some dialectical critical realism with a putative someone bearing
two X chromosomes. Must possess an unholy dualism of Heraclitean/
Nabokovian provenance, or of a paradigm pertaining to Barthes. Must like
adroitly spun metaphors and apes. Will
John O'Byrne

Been everywhere, won everything, wowed everyone, reached the top of
every tree--let me tell you about it in fabulous art-rich London
penthouse. Jeffrey
Pale-but-interesting lady seeks refined, restrained older gentleman with
impeccable punctuation for mutual support, discussion of mothers, and
extended planning of possible holidays in Switzerland. … 
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