The argument over what’s real and what’s not has become, more than ever before, a major part of our reaction to art; the membrane between reality and imagination is getting more porous by the day.
That mashup is what makes the Cahoon conundrum so captivating.
Cahoon’s series of videos, based on the advice in her book, “The Single Girls’ Guide To Meeting European Men,” are so hilariously perky yet wooden, so social-media-savvy yet dated, so mannered yet subtle, so “worldly” yet wide-eyed, that “parody” vs. (Video posted below.)On the one hand, there’s the Gawker conclusion (shared by many), based on “in depth Internet research” revealing Cahoon on Facebook and her book on Amazon: She is “the world’s craziest dating expert” and the videos are “thrillingly real” (“please watch in splendid amazement”).
On the other hand, there are those who say the videos — the costume changes! the imagine Cahoon (or “Cahoon”) pulling off a head-spinningly elaborate pop-culture fake-persona long con: Joaquin Phoenix meets Stephen Colbert meets Tina Fey/Amy Poehler meets Carrie Bradshaw. At least that’s what I was rooting for.) But the debate in the first place is a sign of our post-Blair Witch, post-reality TV, “I’m Still Here”/”Catfish“/”Jersey Shore”/You Tube times: We’ve become so jaded that it’s near impossible to distinguish between real life and a hoax — or a marketing strategy — and we’re always on the defensive for being duped.
Great for college girls studying abroad, quick and fun read. Worst of all, it really doesn't tell you anything about European men.
Just a bunch of stereotypes that you have likely heard already. Overall, while the book is easy to read and understand, I think it is something that `sets the movement back.' Instead of hair-flipping and learning the finer points of going to nightclubs to meet men, I think that audiences would be better served with safety tips as well as maps of the hotspots and maybe even a few packing trips specific to the region and time of year...
Similarly, if the evening is going well, they see no reason to end it.
Both countries boast the most feminine, beautiful, and elegant creatures on the planet.
Ukraine and Russia share a common language, history and similar culture.
There is an inevitable comparison between Ukrainian and Russian women.
In terms of beauty, it is like “splitting hairs” on choosing a winner.