Advice by Jake

After reading George Gurley’s article – Since 1956, A Sensitive Guy – in the New York Times about Jake, the Glamour magazine male equivalent to Dear Abby, I searched for the book noted in the article. Amazingly, my library system had the new book by Jake – Always Hit on the Wingman.

Not a fan of Glamour, I had never read the column, but Gurley’s essay suggested that the “tips for gals” by the anonymous author who drew on the collective wisdom of 56 years of Jakes would offer some laughs in the same vein as Fein and Schneider’s epic, The Rules.

The book (and column) targets young unmarried women, looking for relationship advice with a man’s perspective. The title is based on Jake’s premise that a woman’s best chance for getting attention for herself or for getting something done – is not to ask the man directly, but to go through his wingman, friend, or trusted buddy as her intercessor. Sounds like the makings of a good movie.

According to Glamour’s rule, Jake must be an unattached single guy; once he is not, the baton passes on to another. A surprising caveat – the writer of the book (a former Jake) has been married for twenty years and has a daughter.

Not my usual reading fare, and I wondered if I should even review it, but a friend pointed out that Jake might offer some interest – or a few snickers.