On August 24, we ran the following bout of nostalgia from a reader:
After reading about Alex Kuczynski s sybaritic multimillion-dollar lifestyle, I flashed back to March 21, 1995, when young Alex and I were both participants in a proto-hipsterish spelling bee for mid-level journalists that had been set up by a mutual friend who was an up-and-coming man about town at the time. I stood next to Alex in the contest and joked that her name was probably the hardest thing we d spell all night. She was mildly amused. I got knocked out by sacrilegious. She lasted longer.
In today's Page Six, there's an item on a celebrity spelling bee benefit for the Council of Literary Magazines and Small Presses. In the rundown of who misspelled what, we find this:
Alex Kuczynski, who writes the shopping column in the Times' Thursday Styles section and is finishing a book on plastic surgery, went out with sacrilegious maybe she should have been asked to spell Hermes or rhinoplasty instead.
Can Alex Kuczynski spell "patsy?" Because this is not a mere coincidence! There's some sort of conspiracy theory at work here; we leave it to you, darling commenters and readers, to ruminate on this sketchy corrolation of events. Submit your theories and, at the end of the day, we can hopefully expose the dark machinations of this linguistic revenge plot.