Tough Love From Amalek

Chaim Amalek emails:

The art work is nice.  She’s talented AND pretty.  The paintings signal the world that this is a woman of many charms and talents.

But you, Luke, are a middle aged man living in obscurity on the edge of poverty whose attentions are not of interest to her.  While I get the true (and non-threatening) sense in which you made that comment, you were not talking to a chum at a college mixer.  A man who is well into his forties must find other ways of expressing his appreciation for a woman’s physical charms, especially when he knows they will not be reciprocated.  Twink time is over, unless it is to be directed to women well past menopause.

Fred emails: "As one who is slightly past his forties, I’ve reached the point in life where, insofar as the seven deadly sins are concerned, I find that sloth is highly underrated. I recommend re-prioritizing one’s vices. Having said that, it is much more difficult to write a compelling blog in LA about sloth than lust, pride, envy, wrath, avarice or gluttony. (Of course, being truly slothful, I don’t think I’d ever get around to writing such a blog.)"

Horizontal Plane reports on a girl with a tattoo of the sh’ma below her right breast:

Amir Norman writes: “I was doing a documentary for Matisyahu, that was about his experience at Langerado. I was walking around with two rabbis (true story, not some set up for a joke) and as they were walking around blessing anyone who wanted a blessing a girl came up to us. We all started talking and she was like “I am a Jew!!! See,” revealing the tattoo of the prayer shema, which is one of the holiest prayers in the Jewish religion. I need to take a a picture of this, it had to be documented. I’ve shown it to many of my friends, both Jewish and non and to many Rabbis too. Each of them either having a funny comment or thinking it is awesome. One Rabbi told me it was interesting because it says in the shema to hold g-d close to your heart and thats where the tattoo was near and that is what the prayer calls for…”

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been noted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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