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the zombie boom @nytimescollins

December 13, 2012

I heart Gail Collins. Her column in the NYTimes is so much fun. Today “Another Boom Year” discusses the zombies.

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Her opening joke could not be more about this blog if she tried. She mentions the coming zombie apocalypse then switches to fiscal cliff politics, then says she’s kidding and goes back to zombies. I laughed. She includes the Mayan long calendars, CDC preparedness, survivalists and NASA:

What is it about zombies that everybody likes so much? As villains, they aren’t particularly well-rounded. They don’t plan, so the plot options are pretty limited. You can’t develop a forbidden relationship with one. You don’t see a handsome male zombie fall in love with a teenage human and then announce that sex is out of the question because of the threat of neck-biting and, therefore, all he wants to do is cuddle and talk about feelings.

That actually may be the key. Zombies never want to talk about feelings. I’ll bet nine-tenths of the world’s zombie fans are guys.

These days, if you want to sell something, you add zombies. If you’ve got a supply of pup tents you can’t get rid of, re-label them “zombie survival shelters” and they’ll fly out the door. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been trying to get people interested in emergency readiness by repositioning the advice as “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” Organizers of that counterterrorism summit meeting in San Diego said they featured a section on zombie fighting to brighten up an otherwise pretty grim five days of meetings on homeland security.

Zombies. Always the life of the party.

Gail concludes:

Scientists, if the topic is potential cosmic calamities, think about your bedside manner. When discussing life-extinguishing meteors or planet-eating black holes, never say “highly unlikely.” Remember, you are talking to a nation of people who kept buying Powerball tickets even after the odds passed 1 in 175 million.

Because against the odds IS the American dream.

Recall Gail Collins has mentioned zombies before

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