June Weddings -- I

(After the New York Times)

                                                       Francesca Marinade
                                                              Joe Falangian
      
Francesca Calliope Marinade and Joseph de J. Falangian are to be married on the subway on Sunday by the Wrong Reverend Peter Petco. The bride, 31, will take her husband's name on weekends. "We want to be married on the F Train because that is where we met," said Ms. Marinade. "Joe came over to where I was sitting and asked me what I was reading. Since I wasn't reading anything, I knew that either we had the same sense of humor or he was blind. Luckily it turned out to be the former. Then he asked the blind person sitting next to me what he was reading and we had a good laugh over that." 

Ms. Marinade is the daughter of Jamienne Marinade, of the Aleutian Islands, and a stranger in the night who had appeared on an episode of "The Most Dangerous Catch" and the next day was washed overboard.  She works as an event planner for Eventually Yours,which plans events for kindergartens on the DelMarVa peninsula. She graduated cum laude from Harvard with a degree in "Twilight" Studies.

The bridegroom, also 31 and an event planner serving the Alzheimer community in Delaware ("They never show up," he says sadly), will take both of his wife's names when the mood strikes him, mainly on Saturday nights.  He  also attended  Harvard but refused to attend the graduation ceremony because he of his conviction that if Doctor of Philosophy is abbreviated Ph.D., then Bachelor of Arts should be abbreviated Ar.B. His major was Macaronics. "I dated Franny a  few times in college, but she rubbed me the wrong way back then," he says. He is the son of Benjamin Franklin Falangian, of Amenia Union, New York. Mr. Falangian owns a fleet of taxis, largely in rusting desuetude. "What was I thinking?" he says. Mrs. Falangian died of boredom not long ago.

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

advertisement
Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.