Once, teenage girls would scrawl the platitudes favored by Cara Ober in her “Love Letters” in the notebook pages that inspire her “I Love to Love You From Afar” series. Now, one presumes they just post it on MySpace. Ober’s letters, scrawled across canvases and faux lined notebook paper with images from old encyclopedias and pop culture icons from Mick Jagger to Papa Smurf, source a variety of love’s great poets—she gives equal weight to the words of E.E. Cummings as she does to Katy Perry. Mix that with idealized lyrical interpretations of sex, and the result is so unabashedly, ovary-twistingly feminine that a girl can’t help but be on Ober’s side, waiting for her white knight, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Big, etc.—or at least a cute boy’s initials to put in her notebook.
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