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June 25, 2005

Found in the May 26, 2005 personals section of the New York Review of Books:

WOMAN would like to meet men born in 1940, preferably on November 9 or 10.

The word “preferably” causes problems, I think, for the obvious hypotheses.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.