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New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Shanghai doesn't even sit down, and not just because there is no room. ---->>>

Unless you're a salesman, or a bad guest on a talk show, you don't call someone by his name that often. ---->>>

Men still wear cologne, but I wish they wouldn't. No matter what you may believe, all men's fragrances smell like the air freshener in a taxi. ---->>>

One false word, one extra word, and somebody's thinking about how they have to buy paper towels at the store. Brevity is very important. If you're going to be longwinded, it should be for a purpose. Not just because you like your words. ---->>>

Part of my writing style can be attributed to my mother's impatience with comedy, because whenever I told her a story she would say, 'Yeah, yeah, just tell me: is it good for you or bad for you?' Consequently, I think, I was always afraid to indulge in the time that you need to tell a joke, very nervous about anything that constituted an Act II. ---->>>

You don't have to spend much time in Shanghai before you start to get all existential about the meaning of authenticity. Did you know that Shanghai is building nine satellite towns, each designed to mimic the architecture and culture of a different country? ---->>>

I'm a goody-goody. I'm the person who sits in the back row, makes fun of the teacher, and secretly does the extra-credit work.

I'm a goody-goody. I'm the person who sits in the back row, makes fun of the teacher, and secretly does the extra-credit work.

'Couch surfing' refers to the practice of temporarily lodging with a stranger - free of charge, unless you count being incessantly sociable as payment. ---->>>

High heels weren't always a girl thing. In the fifteen-hundreds, the riding shoes of French noblemen were fitted with raised heels so that their feet stayed put in the stirrups. Over the next few decades, heels inched higher on dress shoes, particularly among men of privilege. ---->>>

Males have probably always enjoyed watching the defeat of other males, but without the invention of numerals and the subsequent invention of the concept of keeping score, we could never have had a million sports channels. ---->>>

Perhaps the most mysterious of all mammals is the male Homo sapiens. Indeed, many anthropologists classify the group as a subspecies. ---->>>

I do not find the concept of consorting with unknown persons appealing. ---->>>

I write the shopping column. I think I've proven my superficiality. ---->>>

New York is rich in culture, cuisine, and commerce. ---->>>

The Chinese are no slouches when it comes to capitalism. ---->>>

Being serious just makes me a little bit embarrassed. ---->>>

Everyone thinks that 'Chinatown' is the best screenplay. I'm not sure it is. ---->>>

For somebody who is a journalist, I can be awfully unobservant sometimes. ---->>>

I don't really care that much about eating. But I like impressing people with how good a cook I am. So I will cook. I'm an excellent cook. Not many people know that about me. ---->>>

I think I began to like writing a lot more, and to be a better writer, when I did it for a while alone. It made me a little more confident about my style. ---->>>

It's better to spend a lot on a getup you love than a fraction of that on something, or even five of those somethings, that you'll never bother to take out of the shopping bag. By the way, this advice also applies to discount love interests. And half-price sushi. ---->>>

Though the male can be noble in reason and infinite in faculties, he is also easily amused by shiny toys, especially ones that do dumb things on his desk. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-12, 1975
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Occupation: Writer
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Patricia Marx is an American humorist and writer. She currently works as a staff writer for The New Yorker, and teaches at Princeton University and 92nd Street Y. Born in Abington, Pennsylvania, she earned her B.A. from Harvard University in 1975. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue, and The Atlantic Monthly (wikipedia)