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Discovering an advice column I wrote for my high school newspaper

When I was in high school I had an advice column in the Student Newspaper called “Rye Advice.” It was a play on Catcher in the Rye. What can I say? I was 15 years old.

Here is one of the columns I just found while cleaning out an old box:


Q: There’s a girl in my Latin class who I’m absolutely nuts about. Should I tell her?

A: NO, THERE IS NO WAY ON EARTH THAT YOU SHOULD TELL HER!! (Is it Marie-France Lapoint? She is CRAZY hot, especially in those green cords!!! Drool!!!)


Look, this girl who may or may not be Marie-France Lapoint, is probably completely out of your league and dating a guy who lives in Europe or goes to university in the States. You should spare yourself the humiliation of rejection and just wait for her to notice you and your totally cool sweater.


It’s not always easy to do this, but it’s ESSENTIAL that you try. Look at her all the time, but pretend like she’s not important to you because you’re popular and your family is rich. Your indifference will make her think there’s something wrong with her, and this insecurity will probably make her try to be nice to you, and when this happens you should still play it really cool, like you would never have a crush on somebody like her but you’ll talk to her in boring, old Latin, and then when she gets really, really hammered at a party you should make your move!! The master has spoken.

Q: My parents want me to take Computer Science but I think it’s a stupid waste of time. What do you think?

A: First of all, parents are useless. They’re completely embarrassing and don’t understand anything! Of course Computer Science is a waste of time!! Fortran and Cobol?


They sound like robot names! Only nerds take that class and they’re not learning anything important or fun. Rest assured, the world is not going to be run by Cobol and Fortran. However, I do think that computers are going to be really important, one day giving us instant access to pictures of naked women (Kim Basinger and Jamie Lee Curtis!!) and sports scores.


Computers will be like libraries, only they’ll be small and with you all the time, like on Star Trek, but things are going to move so quickly in the future that studying something like Fortran in 1983 isn’t going to do you any good at all. Ignore your parents and take gym or something cool and remember, don’t hangout with any phonies!

Q: If I want to appear of age in a bar, what drink should I order?

A: A Screwdriver. And wear a Harris Tweed hat.

The master has spoken!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love your writing more than the air that I need to breathe and survive.

    April 30, 2014
  2. Ed Hotchkiss #

    Shoulda listened to you. Who else knew that Fortran & Cobol were doomed? So, when’s that naked women thingy gonna happen? Btw, I married Marie-France Lapoint. Don’t get out much.

    April 30, 2014
  3. This is about me, isn’t it, and the fact that my Twitter handle is @theryecatcher? Not hanging with phonies is excellent advice though, and Marie-France Lapoint makes me feel all sexy.

    April 30, 2014
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    you! Take care!!

    May 11, 2014

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