PUBLISHED: April 22, 2013
Four advice columnists, Dear Sugar's Cheryl Strayed, Salon's Cary Tennis, Slate's Emily Yoffe, and The Globe and Mail's Lynn Coady, discuss what it's like to give advice to people online:
"Are there common threads or themes that you see over and over in the questions you get? Questions that seem to be real problems in a lot of people’s lives that they keep writing in about in variations?
"Cheryl: Yes, a ton. There are a lot of people with broken hearts. And they’ll never get over so and so leaving them.
"Emily: Yeah, I never run those because the answer is the same and it’s very boring. It’s just, 'Move forward.' The guy I thought I’d kill myself over when I was 27 I can’t remember the name of now. There are some big general categories. One is cubicle land. The horrors of the farters, the breathers, the hummers, the eaters. I can only do a limited number of 'My husband looks at porn.'"
PUBLISHED: Aug. 23, 2012
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3260 words)