The zen of dating

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Dex, the main character in "The Tao of Steve," is an unlikely lothario, to put it mildly.

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As he walks through the crowd, Dex overhears women, many of them his former conquests, commenting on how much the "smartest guy on campus" has let himself go. Dex knows what he's got, and he's the first to admit it ain't looks. " he tells his much thinner and far lonelier friends who are always tapping him for dating advice. He has the right philosophy of life and love, or at least lust--a personal Weltanschauung he cobbled together with threads from Lao-tzu, Heidegger, and Marx (Groucho, that is).

Dex's own ambitions rarely exceed lounging around in a bathrobe, smoking dope, and spouting Zen platitudes. As it turns out, the ladies find Dex's wit and easy manner, carried off perfectly by Donal Logue, simply irresistible.

More to the point it can be difficult to say how Zen and the art of anything really works out because Zen is beyond words.

Talking about Zen and dating is like talking about Zen and the sky.

In another, he muses: "Hitler did a lot, and don't we all wish he'd stayed home and got stoned?

" Dex's Don Juan formula seems foolproof until he falls for Cyd (Greer Goodman), a smart, attractive set designer who's in town for a few weeks to work on the Santa Fe Opera's production of--what else? Dex likes Cyd so much--a violation of rule one-that he begins to act like a "Stu," the opposite of a Steve, best exemplified by uncool bumblers such as Jughead, Barney Fife, and Gomer Pyle.

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