A Letter of Romantic Recommendation

From The New Yorker:

Dear Ms. Carter,

I know firsthand that the admissions process can be exhausting. It’s hard to separate the valedictorians from the catfish. Nevertheless, I hope that you can recognize Alan Worth as a special applicant. Dating him—like an earthquake—is impossible to forget.

I’ll admit, Alan’s recommendation request surprised me. As a generally laid-back designer, I worried that I might not sufficiently represent his record of caustic lawyers. That said, it’s an honor to recommend someone with Alan’s enthusiasm for life and fitness. Although that’s all that I, personally, sought in an applicant, I suspect that you’ll want more detail.

Alan’s the hardest worker I’ve ever met. He balances freelancing, a Twitter account that speaks truth to power (thirty followers), and one of the final active Last.fm pages. He understands that, today, digital spaces are more powerful than any corner office. Eventually, one of his blockchain ventures could produce life-changing revenue. I suggest getting in early.

Your values are a perfect match. For instance, Alan has pursued a family for some time. This fact might not come out during your first weeks or months together. You might even get the opposite impression on multiple occasions. But, let me assure you, it’s very important to him. I learned that in a text message.

Alan appreciates diversity, and makes sure you know it. I was impressed by his ability to bring up my demographic during conversations about traffic and the weather. He also emphasized his role in the George Floyd protests whenever a movie got slow. I’m certain that Alan loves and respects Black culture because I never went a day without hearing it.

Link to the rest at The New Yorker

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