The Perils of Online Dating: An Excerpt From “Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel”

The Perils of Online Dating: An Excerpt From “Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel”

Anya Ulinich‘s excellent graphic novel Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel tackles the weighty topic of online dating through the eyes of a divorced mother of two, who reenters the dating world through a string of unusual OkCupid dates. Although she’s not entirely sure what she’s looking for, she’s definitely sure what she’s not looking for (men holding beer, men posing with third world children, men climbing mountains). And when she does meet men she’s interested in, they’re usually emotionally unavailable (a man who’s not over his ex, a man who’s homeless, a man who’s uninterested). Ulinich does an excellent job at combining humor with raw honesty to piece together a story that we can all identify with a little too well.

Below, an excerpt from the novel:

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