Tuesday, 19 December 2006

"romantic-comedy behavior gets real-life man arrested"

Are stalkers just people who take to heart the perversity of celebrity culture? Or are they indistinguishable from "normal" romantic lovers except in that their passion is unrequited? Bran Nicol's sharp treatment of the idea of stalking in modern culture takes a while to say what the Onion headline he cites so brilliantly sums up: "Romantic-Comedy Behavior Gets Real-Life Man Arrested". But we also learn of narcissistic personality disorder, notorious stalkers who killed, and a dubiously evocative alternative name for the phenomenon: "interpersonal terrorism".
- from a review of a book on stalking in The Guardian, Saturday 18 November 2006.

I got an Onion book once, Our Dumb Century, which was quite funny but I realised quite quickly that you didn't have to read any of the text of the spoof articles, just the headlines.

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