Sharp, a New York-based writer whose long Facebook posts often center around social issues, was reading Men Explain Things To Me, Rebecca Solnit’s best-selling book of essays, when she says she had an interaction with an older man that honestly seems too good (well, bad) to be true. Sharp said she typed the entirety of their conversation as it was happening on her Notes app, and shared the story with her Facebook followers.
“Scene: Pool, balding man, maybe 65 or 70 years old, with blue, bloodshot eyes, drinking from a bottle of Ensure, wearing designer swim trunks, which are half hidden under a huge, extremely brown, beer belly,” she wrote.
The man, whose name Sharp later revealed to be John, apparently approached her and asked, “What’s that you’re reading, young lady?”
“I’m just a middle-aged, menopausal woman, who writes about her life, on her Facebook page,” she said.
To that end, though, she’s “not at all surprised that so many women could relate” to her experience. “We all know John,” she said.
One silver lining of her experience was that one of those 15,000 shares was Solnit herself. The two women had a conversation when Solnit shared her post, and it apparently left Sharp pretty starstruck.