June 23, 2003


CARA-ING AND SHARING: Speaking of Bunim/Murray, Cara Nussbaum is back in the news. The "Real World: Chicago" cast member has agreed to become a spokesperson for both the National Institute of Health and at least one pharmaceutical company, in order to speak out on issues related to depression, from which she has suffered.
Now known as Cara Kahn (it's unclear whether that's a stage name for the aspiring actress, or if she has since married), Cara was heretofore best known as perhaps "Real World"'s all-time hook-up leader, at least among females; her conquests included Todd Park Mohr, frontman of the generally talented band Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Bill Simmons even called her "The Harlot." Her behavior, in fact, caused a minor stir in that it may have caused embarrassment to her brother- who at the time was working as an aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
A classmate of several friends and acquaintances of mine at Washington University in St. Louis, Cara always gave the impression that she acted the slut role without giving off the slut vibe- an attractive quality, if you ask me. In fact Cara, whether it was her depression-masking cheerful personality, her vegeterianism, her neo-hippie affectations, or her fondness for the Indigo Girls, always came across to me as the absolute embodiment of the unique Jewish Summer Camp Culture. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
Depression is obviously serious business, and if Cara can use her experience and her small amount of notoriety to help people, then God bless her.

Posted by Stephen Silver at June 23, 2003 02:08 AM
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