Shared Stories: “You Should Date an Illiterate Girl” by Charles Warnke

Posted on 25 February 2011

Date a girl who doesn’t read. Find her in the weary squalor of a Midwestern bar. Find her in the smoke, drunken sweat, and varicolored light of an upscale nightclub. Wherever you find her, find her smiling. Make sure that it lingers when the people that are talking to her look away. Engage her with unsentimental trivialities. Use pick-up lines and laugh inwardly. Take her outside when the night overstays its welcome. Ignore the palpable weight of fatigue. Kiss her in the rain under the weak glow of a streetlamp because you’ve seen it in film. Remark at its lack of significance.

That’s a peek at the opening of “You Should Date an Illiterate Girl” by Charles Warnke. You can read the full piece online at Thought Catalog. (Thanks to the always entertaining Tawna Fenske and her blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, for sharing the link recently.)

The comment section is fun, too…one person recommended Lorrie Moore’s “How to Become a Writer” instead, while someone else said, “I never thought it would be easy to find girls who couldn’t read…until I read the comments.”

I got some good news today regarding another story acceptance, but I’ll wait until Monday to share the details. Have a great weekend!

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1 Response to Shared Stories: “You Should Date an Illiterate Girl” by Charles Warnke

  • lisahgolden says:

    This looks really interesting. And I know so many people who are proud of the fact that they don’t read.

    News? Looking forward to it!

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