Not in a million years would I have guessed that Matthew Loren Cohen, the illustrious improv pianist and entertainer, is an under-not-over kind of guy when it comes to the toilet paper roll. Matt is recently back after a months-long tour with Second City and a stint performing his Nuclear Family gig in L.A. (to raaaaave reviews), so I went over the other night with a very cheap bottle of white wine to say hello and welcome home and nice tan and all that. It's great to have him back in the neighborhood. He lives a few minutes away and we used to hang out all the time. So imagine my surprise--my utter shock--when I went to use "the ladies" and saw this under-not-over business. How have I never noticed this before? Isn't over the more accepted method? Matt is very particular, and this couldn't be a mistake. Certainly he must know something I don't.
"Matt!" I hollered from the ladies. "Under not over?!"
"Always under!" He hollered back.
"Emily Post!" he hollered. "It's just...really...it's a better...shape." Maybe he said something about it being elegant, but I can't recall, and neither can he.
[UPDATE: Matt confirms elegance per an email: "I absolutely did say it was elegant. I'm sure of that."] He can't seem to give me a supporting quote. His explanation in person is a series of hand flourishes.
I couldn't help but consider his style. He's so knowledgeable about so much: grammar rules, Broadway history, The Facts of Life trivia--especially all things Blair. I think he speaks French. Maybe he is right? Is the under way superior? The presentation of information is certainly crisper without the drape of paper obscuring what's underneath. Maybe I kind of like it. I'm trying it out. My roll (photo entitled Saturday Sunlight on Under):
I think I'm sold, even though I can't confirm that Emily Post says this is the correct way to hang. I could use an expert's approval since my eye isn't used to the roll reveal. Does anyone know?
What do you think? Under or over? Remember Matt's point about the...shape... Please comment! Let's sort this out.