A cry went up around the world Monday, not as the government threatened to shut down and stop the incomes of thousands of Americans and possibly render lasting ill effects on the economy as a whole; but rather, because of a stunning plot twist revealed in the latest Bridget Jones novel, “Mad About the Boy.” Yes, in these most difficult times, what we need most is another installment of British satire of weight-obsessed, superficial women. (I hope it’s satire. A lot of people seem to take it very seriously.)
You might find yourself talking to a lady this weekend who is just as stressed about the Bridget Jones spoilers as the state of the government, and you’ll find yourself at a loss to comfort her. Never fear, bro. I can get you up to speed on Bridget Jones, and you won’t even have to sit through three hours of Renee Zellweger squinting at you. You’re welcome.