off topic: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl

Lynne Murphy M_Lynne_Murphy at BAYLOR.EDU
Fri May 21 19:06:17 UTC 1999

"Barry A. Popik" wrote:

>      The Arts & Entertainment section of the 2 May 1999 Chicago Tribune
>     From section 7, page 1:
> Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl.
> Examples: "Oklahoma!" (left), "The Pajama Game"
> Boy meets boy, boy never meets girl, no romantic attachments.
> Examples: "Falsettos," "Violet" (below)

i disagree with the tribune.  _falsettos_ does not follow such a plot line, it's
boy marries girl, boy meets boy, boy falls in love with boy, boy gets divorced.
(and more, but i don't want to can't give away all the ending.)

but i love bringing up _falsettos_ because it has what i consider to be the most
beautiful love song in english, which starts "what would i do if i had not met
you?  who would i blame my life on?"

ever romantic,

M. Lynne Murphy
Assistant Professor in Linguistics
Department of English
Baylor University
PO Box 97404
Waco, TX 76798

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