Romance Articles

Love and Linguistics II

February 1, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Note: This post is part of a series about me and my work. You may wish to read first Love and Linguistics I. Now to answer the first question people often ask me: How is that I am both a professional linguist and a romance writer? The very question suggests... read more

Love and Linguistics I

January 25, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Love and Linguistics I & II are blog posts about me and my work. At the same time I’m hoping they’ll provide occasions for you to think through your passions and life career choices. I am often asked two questions: How does it happen that I am both a professional... read more

how reading romance novels can boost your mood

Boost Your Mood: Read a Romance

January 4, 2016 11:45 pm Published by 3 Comments

Last January, 2015 the Wall Street Journal ran a front page article on the rise of professional cuddlers who might charge $1/minute to spoon. Skin-to-skin contact is not involved. The cuddlers and their clients keep their clothes on. Their customers say that cuddling lessens anxiety and increases a sense of... read more

Romance Villains

December 10, 2015 2:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You know who does good villains? Disney. Two easily come to mind: Claude Frollo the scrawny Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Ursula the massive sea witch in The Little Mermaid. Ruthless, self-righteous, religiously pious Frollo is super creepy – literally. As he creeps around the cathedral, spouting... read more

The Hero’s Journey

November 5, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The subtitle to this blog should be: The Romance. It is rather: Linguistics and Me. The idea of the hero’s journey is most associated with American mythologist Joseph Campbell and his book Hero With a Thousand Faces (1949). His work was inspired by Austrian psychologist Otto Rank’s The Myth of... read more

Romance Matters

October 6, 2015 6:38 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Cover Photo Credit: Gerry Lauzon. Authorized for reuse under this Creative Commons license. On Labor Day I went with a friend to see Straight Outta Compton. The movie tells the story of the rise and fall of the rap group N.W.A., perhaps best known for their track F*** tha Police.... read more

Campbell Soup Cans and the Romance Novel

June 18, 2015 10:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You’ve seen them, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soups Cans, painted in 1962 and now displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Here’s a selection: You might have also seen Roy Lichtenstein’s Drowning Girl. It was painted in 1963 and has been part of MoMA’s permanent collection since... read more