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April 2007 in Black Lamb

Volume 5, Number 4 — April 2007

April 1st, 2007

The All-Marriage Issue


In our cover article Terry Ross introduces this special All-Marriage Issue and opines: “Now I may be thick, but I don’t see how it follows that if the pressures of modern life lead to marriages not working out, then something is wrong with the idea of marriage. Why not say something is wrong with the pressures of modern life? Why put all the blame on little old marriage? Instead of changing marriage, why not change modern life?

On page 2, in Guilty Pleasures Cate Garrison reveals how her Black Lamb articles have put her perfectly sound marriage in jeapordy. In Remembering Eren William Bogert tells how he met his one and only wife, who died 14 years ago. Lorentz Lossius relates the curious story of his mariage blanc in With Alacrity. Bud Gardner — Marriage Schmarriage — talks feelingly about his work as a divorce lawyer. In The One-Third Plan Cervine Kauffman offers a scheme to make marriage work. In Third Time a Charm? Ed Goldberg muses on his marriages, the last of which he thinks is working out well. Rod Ferrandino, in I Do, I Did, I Will, admits that “with Deborah, it was Love, then the baby carriage, and finally, years later, advised by our CPA, a trip to the courthouse.” Elizabeth Hart makes her Black Lamb debut with A Harrowing Tale, a primer on how not to get married. In Nyet, Nein, Non, No! Lane Browning confides that “I still think marriage is provincial, antiquated, unromantic, unnecessary, illogical, and too often expensive.” Alan Albright has A Good Chuckle, although a bittersweet one, in recalling his singular marriage. In Whom God hath joined… Toby Tompkins takes a long look at the institution of marriage in many lands. Greg Roberts — It’s All True — reflects that “It seems to me that getting out of a marriage is usually a nonsensical move, the same as getting rid of a car because it has bald tires and a loose rear end. In Not Much Progress David Maclaine reflects on the long history of divorce and recommends a complete overhaul of our idea of marriage. Dan Peterson writes from Milan that They Used to Do It in Italy, but they don’t seem to anymore. Writing from Rome, Andrew Darrel argues in A Taxing Situation that Italian laws penalizing the unmarried are unfair and stupid. Holding forth from a prisoner’s viewpoint, Dean Suess concludes that the institution of convicts’ marrying is Out of Whack. In Practice Wife Stephen Starbuck relates the story of his first, unsatisfactory marriage. In Beats the Alternative, Jim Patton quotes Toulouse-Lautrec — “Marriage can be like a dull meal with the dessert at the beginning” — but thinks that “it usually beats a lifetime of five-star meals taken alone.” Our Honorary Black Lambs column honors two Englishmen — novelist John Braine (Room at the Top) and novelist and playwright John Mortimer (the Rumpole series of 19 books) on their birthdays. Trixie Barkis, our bridge columnist, teaches the reader how, and when, to count. Our advice columnist Millicent Marshall answers two letters from readers frustrated with their friends’ marriage problems. Wretched Excess offers a gift suggestion from the Whole Whog Catalog for marriages troubled by problem shoppers: the Shopper Stopper™ Credit Card Chastity Belt. And Endgame supplies yet another fiendishly difficult Black Lamb Cryptic Crossword.

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