romancing the book

Romance is the fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of things as they are. In the novel the writer’s thought is tethered to probability, but in romance it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination.” – Ambrose Bierce

The corpses of couples have always littered the literary landscape – where would we be without Scott and Zelda, Alice and Gertrude, Elizabeth and Robert, Lytton and Dora and Ralph to gossip about?

Here’s a recent little touchy feely piece about literary couple Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt.

For the five people who haven’t heard, Nicholas Sparks has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. still doesn’t make his books worth reading IMHO.

. . .and for those who still can’t get enough of that sort of thing: eHarlequin (Mills & Boon to the rest of you) is still peddling mushy softcore smut in every conceivable (is that a double entré?) format, paperbound, audio, electronic, they go to great lengths to smear a little more love around the globe, including signing a licensing agreement with NASCAR for tie in novels. Love is at the Races! Who knew?

Today in History – 1989 Iranian Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against British author Salman Rushdie and his publishers over the book Satanic Verses

Today in History – 1974 The Soviet authorities have formally charged Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn with treason one day after expelling him from the country.

Obits worth reading: Edna Lewis at 89; Chef, Author of Southern Cuisine Cookbooks.

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