Thursday, June 02, 2005

Bizarre stalking behavior: It worked for Bob Woodward!

The real shocker in Bob Woodward's huge article in the Washington Post explaining his relationship with Deep Throat, aka Mark Felt, aka A Very Old Man Who Is No Longer Really With It and Whose Family Thinks It's Time to Cash In, is not that they used tricks torn from the Alias handbook (moving flower pots around on balconies to ask for meetings, etc.), but how they met: Woodward met Mr. Throat (that's sexier than "Felt") at random and then stalked him for career advice because he felt directionless. (That sentence was brought to you by "All the Punctuation Marks Except the Period.")

For real! Before he became a big-time reporter and best-selling author and, most impressively, was portrayed by Robert Redford in "All the President's Men," Woodward was working as some kind of bikeless bike messenger for the Navy, and whilst delivering documents to the White House he met Throat, who was then an assistant director of the FBI. Even though Throat "showed no interest in striking up a long conversation," Woodward asked him for his phone number, and then called him numerous times over the course of several years to consult "in depth about my future."

WTF? I realize I am generally bad at talking up possible mentor figures, but is this really how it's done? It seems bizarre and presumptuous . . . but it seems to have panned out quite well in this case, and I am always open to new suggestions. Watch out, high-ranking government officials, T&A Lady's looking for a job and ain't nobody safe!

7 comments:

Toolstein said...

I'm thinking I might start stalking T&A Girl for career advice.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I don't mean to nitpick, but where's the semicolon?

Maybe: "Woodward met Mr. Throat (that's sexier than "Felt") at random[;] then stalked him for career advice because he felt directionless.

I'm just saying.

the captain said...

There's a cute Slate article (Tim Noah) pointing out that this embarrassing suck-upiness is both Woodward's greatest flaw and, brilliantly, his superpower: "Woodward's genius as a reporter, I submit, has consisted in large part of putting this glaring fault—an exaggerated deference to authority figures (his sources)—in the service of digging out facts that presidents don't want exposed (but the sources do)."

tsvidogg said...

I was all ready to jump on anonymous for including the "." after "Mr", thereby messing up the "All the Punctuation Marks Except the Period", but then I saw something that made my heart sink... T&A Lady included the "." in the original posting on "Mr." Maybe I'm just being nitpicky...

But here's one for you. Toolstein, show some respect to the bloginatrix... it is T&A Lady, not T&A Girl. You can take your T&A Girl fetish to a whole 'nother site.

Jake said...

The nitpicking from Anonymous reminds me of one of the cardinal rules of blogging: "One should not give one's blog address to one's mother, especially when one's mother is a college writing instructor."

T&A Lady said...

Dudes, quit trying to blow my cover! Hehe.

Plus, I don't really think that particular Anonymous is my mother; my mother thinks I'm perfect. Right, Mom? RIGHT?

Toolstein said...

Toolstein thinks you're perfect, T&A Lady (even if he slipped and insultingly -- but inadvertantly -- called you a "girl").