She once asked Lyle Lovett about the size of his penis. A Thackeray quote—“Always amused, never angry”—is painted on the mantle above Ms.“The Cheerleaders,” her 2001 Spin piece on a series of murders and suicides in a small town in upstate New York, was anthologized in Best American Crime Writing. She doesn’t cook much, her freezer is loaded with microwaveable stuff, and she mostly stores sweaters and dog food in her oven. Carroll’s living room fireplace, and her rustic home is packed with piles of books.
“A girl has to leave Montana and go to New York,” said Ms. She was Miss Cheerleader USA in 1964 and went to Indiana University in Bloomington, where Hoagy Carmichael wrote the love ballad “Stardust,” one of her favorite songs. Carroll told me matter-of-factly, “each of them more brilliant and Olympian than the last.” (Ms.
Carroll’s vernacular is uniquely her own—an improbable combination of what sounds like Victorian English, jive talk and Midwestern gentility.
“We used to really cast stories back in those days. “She clearly isn’t burdened by the notion that she must set only responsible, enlightened words to the page. When it comes to advice, those are pretty heroic feats. “My readers don’t suffer nearly as much as I do trying to answer them. “There’s nobody in my vicinity, because I’m the oldest woman on Tinder,” she said.
Now I feel like we try to find the person who will be least offensive.” It’s easy to overlook Ms. She never loses sight of the fact that she’s an advisor, yes, but she’s also an entertainer.” *** s. “Here’s how I write the advice column: I take my wrists and put them on the table and I take a knife and I just slice myself open,” she told me, after we’d wrapped up our archery lesson, over Amy’s burritos and an assortment of nuts. I really have to take the bows and arrows and put them in my room so I don’t kill myself.” Still, Ms. “But that’s great.”The bottle of fortified pear nectar was just about empty, so Ms.
In “Love in the Time of Magic,” she let readers in on the sex-fueled underworld of NBA groupies.
For Esquire, she revisited her old college flings, including the Olympic swimmer Mike Troy.
Carroll’s reportorial prowess, given that she is now so widely known for the ribald nuggets of wisdom she’s dispensed monthly in Elle since 1994. Carroll said, there are really only two answers to every question: “Do it” or “Don’t do it.” And there are, she added, only four questions: “How do I get love? Carroll and I decided to check out the five downed trees that inspired her game.
Indeed, for a certain generation of young women who entered the workforce near the end of the 20th century, Ms. “She created this world in her column where you as a young woman could be focused on your career and becoming the woman that you wanted to be, and it wasn’t antithetical to also be boy crazy and also want to get married and also want to be pretty. Well, let’s try to put it in historical perspective, try it on for size, and then land on ‘It’s much more fun getting rich than shagging someone rich.’ Will Adderall help you to stop procrastinating? We set off into the forest, leaving Frog Island behind as Ms.
“She’s from the old school,” said Lisa Chase, who edits Ms. Her favorite book is Walden, which is in keeping with her particular brand of individualism—unmaterialistic and almost transcendental in nature. When I visited, a marked-up copy of Don Quixote, which she was re-reading, sat on the kitchen table, and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, which she likes to mention in her column, was resting next to her computer.
Carroll at Elle and who published her work in Outside magazine in the 1980s. I asked her why she refers to has no regrets about her past relationships. “You’re on this earth to have as many chaps as you want,” Ms. She is, mostly out of curiosity, on Tinder, even though her new game, Damn Love, is a send-up of the app, and Tawkify, her matchmaking service, is positioned as an answer to the impersonal aspects of online dating.
Jean founded the first Darwinian Dating Coach site: Dating Great Ask ( where visitors can type in a question and receive an instant video answer), and