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Romance Novel Symposium Duke University

February 3, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Image: East Duke Building where the Romance Novel Symposium Duke University will be held on February 14. On Friday, February 10 from 2:00 – 5:00 I will be moderating “Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel” held in the first-floor parlors of the East Duke Building on Duke University’s... read more

Romance Novel Myths: Top Five

October 7, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I originally published this blog about romance novel myths on my Goodreads page. Romance Novel Myths #1: Romance novels are stupid. Upfront: yes, some romance novels are stupid. So are some mystery novels, science fiction novels, slice-of-life novels, TV shows, magazine articles, op-ed pieces, political speeches – the list here is... read more


How to Talk About Love and Sex

March 29, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There are probably many disconnects in modern American public discourse. I’m not referring here to our polarized political discourse. (And on that score: Holy moly!) Rather, the disconnect I’m most interesting in talking about (and then seeking to heal) concerns our fractured public discussions on how to talk about love and... read more

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Love and Language: The Connection

February 23, 2016 9:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The connection between love and language is connection. What is love? Connection. What is language? Connection. When you love someone, you are connected to them. If that person is in your presence, you are likely to connect with them physically – a touch on the arm, a pat on the... read more

Thanatos and Eros: Death and Love

October 26, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On September 17, I went to the presentation of Regina José Galindo, a Guatemalan performance artist. She specializes in body art. She works on Thanatos. The event was sponsored by the Duke University Department of Art & History and Duke Latino/a Studies. The room was packed, with easily 70 people... read more


The Magic Number Is Three

May 22, 2015 9:30 am Published by 1 Comment

Three-ring circus. Three cheers for you! Three Musketeers. Three blind mice. Jamais deux sans trois. (Never two without three.) Aller guten Dinge sind drei. (All good things are  ____ ((you fill in the blank).) A triptych is a three-part painting, with the panels hinged together. It is meant to be... read more