Are you a man or a boy?

bored-to-death-logoi am enamored with hbo’s new original series, “bored to death,” created and produced by jonathan ames. was pleased to learn today that we’ll be getting a second season. there’s so much to talk about here, but basically it’s about men flailing around in the absence of women. the main character, jonathan, played by nerdy dreamboat munchkin jason schwartzman, is pining for the ex who left him due to his meandering lack of focus and proclivity for white whine and weed. he’s a writer whose debut novel won him critical success. but he’s languishing with the writing of the second novel. aided by craigslist advertising, he begins moonlighting as an unlicensed private detective. it’s jonathan’s way to fight boredom and get his mojo back. absurdity ensues. when he’s not sleuthing, jonathan’s activities are centered around his two buddies: his boss George Christopher, magazine editor and party-goer played by the dashingly deviant Ted Danson, and Ray Hueston, his bestie, a  Brooklyn comic book artist played by the hilarious bearded yet feminized Zach Galifianaki.

this is a writer’s show. the dialogue is fantastic. the most recent episode had some words that broke through to my noggin:

Claudia Worth: Are you a man or a boy?
Jonathan: Well… what’s the difference?
Claudia Worth: With a man, you feel like you’re being taken, and you like it. And with a boy, you feel like they’re stealing something from you, and you don’t like it.

Claudia was the 16-year-old daughter of a psychologist that Jonathan picked up at a party (assuming she was older). out of the mouths of babes, right? that distinction is right on, and it extends beyond the physical sex act. the difference between being took and being stolen from. when you’re took, you go along with. when you’re stolen from, you are left alone, in a world apart.

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5 responses to “Are you a man or a boy?

  1. The show is good and I will continue to watch it even if I hate jason schwartzman and his overly jewy portrail of the main character. I am sick of actors like him playing up weak Jewish men. It is doing nothing for my people.

    But on top of that I might have to fly to New York and punch you in the face for your line “it’s about men flailing around in the absence of women”

    You act like if there were no women, the earth would end. Sure the human race would end but at least we would go out without nagging.

  2. col

    barry, as surely as some jewish guys are actually tough and quite athletic (think of all those great Brooklyn boxers from the 20s and 30s) some chicks are non-naggers. that said, if you flew all the way to new york just to punch me in the face, i would give you a shrewing that would put sybil to shame. count on it.

  3. superdave524

    Geez. Feels like I’m interrupting something… Actually, as a former boy, I understand the distinction well. Learning to share sex takes a really long time. Kinda sad that by the time a lot of guys (well, me, anyway), understand the mental and emotional- that is, the most important part- of sex, the physical skills start to wane a bit. God’s gotta have a sense of humor, right?

  4. col

    SD i was talking more about patterns of male behavior rather than making sexytime. but come to think of it (no pun intended) dudes who exhibit man-child behavior in their intimate relationships (excessive self involvement, lack of generosity/empathy) tend to be weenieboys in the sack too.

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