The Dating Project

Sarah Rose

Dating with a view to marriage is no other thing than work. I am a writer in New York, but Sex & the City this ain’t. Carrie had friends who weren’t repopulating the planet. She had fancy shoes. I have fuzzy Crocs. I get commuter rail and Brooklyn birthday parties. She got limos and glam soirées. I actually exist.

This is a project and it is a schlep. I used to believe in surgical strikes, now I’m carpet bombing. I’m on three different dating websites. I ask total strangers if they know anyone single because I have dated the pool of my friends’ friends’ friends dry.

Somewhere, someone is going to make me laugh and swoon. I haven’t met him yet. I’m trying.

I hope it will end. Happily.

Dating Canceled

The Dating Project has come to a close … In her final column, Sarah considers stepping away from mathematical logic and into the realm of magic thinking. More

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The Piano Man

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The Cryobank

This week Sarah goes online window-shopping for a “baby daddy to go.” More

The Beachcomber

A stranger buys Sarah a drink at her favorite bar. But will she accept his irreverent advances? More

The Family

Some of Sarah’s biggest fans weigh in on why she’s still single. More

The Inbox

Sarah reveals the scandalous and strange emails she’s received from online suitors. More

The Actor

Sarah’s date reminds her why she gave up on finance guys — and on weddings. More


After two bottles of wine, Sarah discovers the dating axiom. More

Happy Days

Sarah meets a TV producer who doesn’t quite fit his online dating profile description. More

The Angel

Will Sarah put politics aside for a guy who meets so many of her dating criteria? More


Award-winning journalist Sarah Rose returns to field questions and comments from Dating Project fans. More

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