The WSJ has been a rich source recently. This is Joe Queenan on "defriending". He's not big on wimpy mouse clicks in the middle of the night. Joe seems to prefer mano a mano. Enjoy my friends!
"I prefer the old approach to defriending people. Even when I'm the defriendee.
'Take my name out of your Rolodex, you schmuck,' a Wall Street pal once told me after I worte something nasty about his employer.
'There's a time to hold 'em and a time to fold 'em," said another friend as she walked out the door. 'Guess what time it is."
Once while traveling in northern France I bought a postcard with an aerial shot of four World War I cemeteries. I then dashed off a quick note to an old friend I had come to dislike. It read, 'Wish you were here.'
The best defriendings, of course are carried out in person. 'By the time Richard Nixon left office, the whole world was sick of him,' I said to a new friend whose discourteous behavior had made him a pariah among my old friends. 'But it took Richard Nixon 60 years to get to the point where everybody wanted to see him go. You did it in a week.'
I never saw the friend again. He had been defriended. But not by Facebook. Face to face."