The question nagged at me—not least because of my own experiences watching promising relationships peter out over text message—so I set out on a mission.I read dozens of studies about love, how people connect and why they do or don’t stay together.I checked the website Eater for its Heat Map, which includes new, tasty restaurants in the city. The stunning fact remained: it was quicker for my dad to find a wife than it is for me to decide where to eat dinner.This kind of rigor goes into a lot of my decisionmaking.Filing suit against the District was a final attempt to secure integrated public schools. Their fear was that this would lead to resegregation.
He quickly deduced that she was the appropriate height (finally! First I texted four friends who travel and eat out a lot and whose judgment I trust. Finally I made my selection: Il Corvo, an Italian place that sounded amazing. (It only served lunch.) At that point I had run out of time because I had a show to do, so I ended up making a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich on the bus. I asked my dad about this experience, and here’s how he described it: he told his parents he was ready to get married, so his family arranged meetings with three neighboring families. That’s how my dad decided on the person with whom he was going to spend the rest of his life. I am perpetually indecisive about even the most mundane things, and I couldn’t imagine navigating such a huge life decision so quickly. Happily so—and probably more so than most people I know who had nonarranged marriages.This text is also found with slightly different wording in Vulgate Psalm 67.1 / Protestant Bible 68.1): At a time when comparatively few people could actually read and write, but everyone was increasingly subject to its power and influence and had a heightened ability to interpret signs and symbols, it is appropriate to think in terms of a 'community of reading' - of words to be seen and images to be read.The public display of writing is therefore highly relevant in a consideration of the book culture of the period, and entails looking at inscriptions too, and vice versa.