Attachments 16-20: Roo-ah-roo-ahhh

Obviously Lincoln’s resolve to stop reading Jennifer and Beth’s email doesn’t last long. And really, who could resist Beth and Jennifer’s witty repartee? Lincoln gets engrossed and finds himself thinking about what they both look like, especially what Beth looks like. While he’s not at ease with what he’s doing, Lincoln thinks “maybe it isn’t exactly all bad” (72). That’s not a resounding endorsement, but reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails is the only thing that keeps Lincoln sane at his job, so he has to justify it some way.

In this section, Beth and Jennifer’s conversations are filled with workplace antics! I find the line “whenever Tony works, I go home reeking of the sea” (74) to be wildly hilarious. Oh food odors. There is someone at my work who routinely pops popcorn, and I am jealous every time. And I love stories of passive-aggressive workplace tactics, like stealing someone’s nail clippers. But best of all, Beth sounds the Cute Guy Alarm. Of course everyone’s first response is that it can’t be true. As Beth says “this place can’t sustain cuteness” (77). There are so many great descriptions of Beth’s mysterious cute guy—“monumental cuteness” (77), “action-hero facial features” (77), and “a passenger pigeon with a sweet ass” (78) are all gems.

Now that Lincoln isn’t trying to convince himself that he’ll stop reading their emails, he takes it to the next level and checks out Beth’s desk. She has a Rushmore poster! Lincoln wants to find a picture of Beth, but all he finds are pictures of Chris and her family. Chris looks like the prototypical rock star with a “get-out-of-free card in his back pocket” (81). And then Lincoln feels awful about what he’s doing and about himself in general. It’s the saddest use of lumbered ever.

Other Things

  • Nothing is funnier than Y2K preparations.
  • Word Beth. Brian Williams is a fox.
  • ‘Smov the Ninekiller. Stop. It’s too perfect.

A Recommendation

I read the best book recently—The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. It’s magical realism, but there’s so much unrequited love and intense longing that it feels like a good pairing for Attachments. Though Ava is the titular character, the story is just as much about her mother Viviane, and her grandmother Emilienne.

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