The Sweet Spot: Channeling Advice Columnist Dear Sugar

In last week's column I offered to give dating advice to my readers. “How do I avoid seeming desperate when deep down, I really am desperate?” asked a 24-year-old man. His issue, he confessed, is confidence and the feeling that he is being left behind in the realm of romance. I penned off some suggestions only to discover, much to my dismay when he wrote me back, that they were entirely unhelpful. I was reminded that it is a treacherous road traveled by those who dare the conceit of telling someone how to solve their problems. I hung my head in shame and then I went to go see Dear Sugar. Or more specifically, I attended the Rumpus release party of Cheryl Strayed's book Tiny, Beautiful Things at the Verdi club.

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