“I Love Girl” by Simon Rich

This week we’re reading a funny caveman story from the New Yorker titled “I Love Girl” by Simon Rich. According to the New Yorker, “Simon Rich tells the tale of a lovesick caveman, Oog, whose nemesis, Boog, has captured the attention of Oog’s beloved Girl with his abstract cave paintings and blustery self-confidence.”

Simon Rich has written several works of fiction, including “Spoiled Brats,” a collection of stories. He is also the creator and showrunner of “Man Seeking Woman,” on FXX.

The story starts:

I am Oog. I love Girl. Girl loves Boog.

It is bad situation.

It’s basically every love triangle ever written, but somehow Rich injects such humor and humanity into his caveman story. I hope you enjoy it!

Questions:

  1. How does Rich keep the love triangle trope while also subverting it?
  2. Does the language bother you, or does it better transport you into the caveman point of view?
  3. How does Rich make a caveman story so relatable?
  4. Was the ending satisfying? Unexpected?
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