Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Author of the Most Beautiful Craigslist Missed Connection Ever, On Why He Doesn't Want To Talk About It

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Last week, while that mysterious Missed Connection--the most beautiful Missed Connection ever written--was ricocheting around the Internet, its author, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, kept quiet.

He received a deluge of e-mail from people who wanted to ask him about the posting, or just tell him how much they enjoyed it. He didn't answer most of them. He didn't tweet much, either.

On Wednesday, Bob-Waksberg published a blog post responding to all the questions he'd been asked about the Craigslist ad, and explaining why he doesn't want to talk about it.

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MYSTERY SOLVED: Who Is the Author Behind the Most Beautiful Craigslist Missed Connection of All Time?

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Craigslist is menagerie of oddities both gorgeous and grotesque. You can find anything on there: fan fiction about your favorite band, a record store, organs, a baby, certain death, even love.

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Kickstarter Employee Writes Elaborate Fanfic for Leighton Meester on Craigslist Missed Connections

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Blake Lively and Leighton Meester filming 'Gossip Girl' on the LES yesterday.
Craigslist Missed Connections have been good lately! A few weeks ago we had the man who posted an epic missed connection for the girl who held his iPhone hostage, and now we have the poor young startup employee who is hopelessly in love with one of the stars of "Gossip Girl." The show has been filming on the Lower East Side, where the young man first looked out his office window and laid eyes on the "beautiful brunette star," Leighton Meester.

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Lonely L Train Riders Now Have Their Own Free WiFi

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This week, normally aloof L train riders can unite virtually during their morning commute. Notwork, developed by a creative consultancy group called We Make Cool Sh.it, is a free pirate WiFi network that will operate in the rear cars of the L train from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day this week between the Morgan and 8th Avenue stops. Instead of striking up a conversation with your fellow commuters IRL (because, who does that, right?), you can now chat with them on your smartphone, sitting side by side.

The service also offers feeds from a bunch of sites including Gothamist and Gawker (no Runnin' Scared, it seems) plus a "Missed Connections" section and content from local artists and writers. It's targeted towards the kind of people that regularly ride the L train, in case that wasn't clear.

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Ingrid Burrington, Researcher of Missed Connections: 'The Loneliest Place in NYC is Union Square'

Under the semi-serious auspices of the Center for Missed Connections, 24-year-old Ingrid Burrington, who grew up in California, has been studying Craigslist's outlet for the lonely, the hopeful, the romantic, the horny, and the insane for more than two years now. It all started with what she calls a whimsical question: "What's the loneliest place in any given city, and how can I measure it?" From there she turned to chronicling Missed Connections, which led to a map for an art show in 2009 at Pratt, a book project, and, currently, a residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. From her website:

The Center for Missed Connections (CMC) began as a project simply to identify where the most missed connections happen in a given city. New York City is home to the pilot program, chosen for its high traffic and for the propensity of posters to include specific cross-streets or location information. Since then, the analysis has developed a thorough taxonomy of the Missed Connection and a method for identifying whether one has, in fact, had a Missed Connection. The CMC seeks to understand the longing, both poetic and banal, within public spaces.
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New Yorkers Have Been Doing That 'Missed Connections' Thing Since the 1870s

By way of Ephemeral New York comes these wonderful vintage missed connections from a city guidebook called Lights and Shadows of New York Life, which was published in 1872. Yep, way back in 1872, New Yorkers were catching each others' eyes on streetcars or across the avenues, and forming that mysterious, inexplicable emotion we call desire. It's not as if that started with the Internet, right? Anyway, these are so great.


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Do You Look Like Zach Galifianakis and Live in Williamsburg? There's a Girl Looking For You!

One Williasmburg woman is on the hunt for the Zach Galifianakis of her dreams, via Craigslist, and we're here to help. If you're youngish and live around here, or in a similar metropolitan area, then you know the jokes about the plethora of boys with beards. But the stereotypes come from a place of fact and sometimes it complicates things. Like, how many slightly round guys with bedhead and facial hair do you think spoke to a nice girl in a bar last night, but were frustrated by the one-sidedness of the conversation and went home defeated? We hear that happens every six seconds. But in one special case, the girl wants to make it up to you! Take it away, heartbreaker:

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