I love Tuesday. I love Tuesday because that’s the day the new Cat’s Call appears in the PG. Why do I eagerly await her advice every week? Because she kicks ass. She picks questions that make the questioner look like a jerk, then calls them on being a jerk. Other advice columns are full of questions about friends’ and stepchildren’s shortcomings – Cat doesn’t shy away from pointing out that we don’t have to judge other people, and if we do, we’d better judge ourselves with the same stroke.
She also doesn’t mind saying, “Duh.” If someone writes in with the 75,000 reasons he doesn’t want to stay with his girlfriend, she’s going to tell him to leave. If someone writes in saying she feels guilty because she spit on a dog, Cat will tell her to wash the dog and never do it again. Pragmatism rules.
Plus, there’s the undeniable advice-column voyeurism that I can’t shake. “Look how crazy that person is” meets “looks like everyone has weirder problems than me” meets “OMG who would say that??!” I read Abby before I discovered Cat’s Call, but now…
Ms. TR’s Call: Abby may give advice, but Cat preaches the gospel of kickass.