Germany, for reasons that elude us, is going crazy for New York dating columnist/Star talking head Julia Allison. Perhaps because she seized on the opportunity of the new Sex and the City movie to brand herself as the "new" Carrie Bradshaw. (The media loves it when you just go ahead and tell them what the angle is. Saves us a ton of work and thinking!) JA had a German (commenter Swifter!) translate the unintentionally humorous "I am Carrie Bradshaw 2.0" article. "Actually, she stresses, she is a 'sociology, biology and psychology lady journalist.'"
"I am Carrie Bradshaw 2.0," in Die Welt:
Expensive dresses, parties and columns: Julia Allison copies the lifestyle of the Sex and the City heroine.
New York – It was a hard week for Julia Allison. Thursday for example: six interviews for television. Six fresh makeup changes. And a hectic message situation: George Clooney separates from his girlfriend. TV-cook Rachel Ray makes videos because she wears a Palestinian scarf in advertising spots. Most important topic however: Sex and the City, the movie.
Who, if not Julia Allison could completely talk about the return of Carrie & Co? Because Julia Allison is the modern, real-life version of the Lifestyle icon and series heroine Carrie Bradshaw, which lives through its three friends dear desire and suffering of single women in New York and writes columns about it. "I am Carrie Bradshaw 2.0", says Julia Allison in the telephone interview with The World. "If Carrie came to New York today then she would be me." Then Carrie would be 27 years old, with long brown hair, would wear art lashes and balloon dresses, write columns for the city magazine "Time Out" and would be blogging and seen as a prominent expert on television.
..."In all areas of life that concern relationships, the same questions: "Will I call him? Am I attractive to him? Am I to marry him?" she says. No matter how old one is: 17, 27, or 37.
Actually, she stresses, she is a "sociology, biology and psychology lady journalist." That is one of the differences between her and Carrie: "I concentrate on the deeper questions," she says. "For example, like similar personal and political relations." Finally, she worked on political science at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a few months on Capitol Hill. In addition, she also had a short affair with a congressional representative.
...Otherwise, she doesn't do so well with men. Those who would date her have problems with the fact that she writes about her relationships and thus, her partners. "They Google me and then they go away." Nevertheless, Julia believes her openness is the correct way: "It is cowardly to hide your private life." She sees herself as the vanguard of a technological revolution. Also, one difference with "Sex and the City" – heroine Carrie, she could hardly call up her emails. "I am a female pioneer. I stand on the crossing between the old and the new media." This is enough, at least until a younger copy of Julia Allison comes crosses over into our time.
Update: And now she's Carrie Bradshaw in France, too!