Nothing is quite as special as when two literary folk find love. Sometimes explosive, almost always creatively prosperous, these unions have produced some of the finest works in the world. Check out the list of our six favorite literary power couples!
If you're a victim of the turkey drop, you're not alone! Literature is filled with harsh breakups, from catching the guy you kissed making out with someone else to standing helplessly by while your first love chooses a path that doesn't include you.
Love triangles can be traced back to their ancient roots in Camelot, where Queen Guinevere was forced to choose between King Arthur and Sir Lancelot. From there, history, literature and movies have been rife with tales of one unfortunate (and usually stunningly beautiful) woman's choice between two ridiculously handsome men.
I've judged people by the books they're reading. This happens a lot while riding the NYC subway. Books are that rare life accessory that says a lot about who we are. If you're reading a popular emotional porno like Something Borrowed, it means that you believe in the power of hunky men who'll use their hospital residency off-hours painting your living room lavender while baking a soufflé. There was the dude I saw with the hipster beard, which is defined as a heavily shampooed and conditioned lumberjack beard that DJs Sunday nights, who was reading a dog-eared copy of Tolstoy's War and Peace. That communicated to me that he enjoyed iconic 19th Century literature about the merciless tumult of history, and also he drinks Jameson's watered down with too much ice and will sleep with you if you're a fashion urchin interested in lame literary poses.
From tear-jerkers to the warm fuzzies, the New York Public Library shares with YourTango their top 10 picks for the greatest romantic reads of all time. They can melt your heart, make you laugh and leave you longing for a Kleenex. Who can resist the most sought after romantic novels of all time? Whether you are looking for that special someone, or blissfully in love, these ageless classics know just how to pull on those heartstrings. So, jump under the covers, turn down the lights and get flippin'.
Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of the new book 'Dirty Girls,' reveals the secret world of the erotica writer. More Juicy Content From YourTango: 10 Celebrity Sex Tape Scandals You May Have Missed
Germany's aghast at Wetlands, a sex-drenched new novel by super-cute TV personality, Charlotte Roche. In the novel, the 18-year-old character, Helen, enjoys anal sex and gets off on...avocado pits? (Yes, you read that correctly.) As the New York Times put it, "It is difficult to overstate the raunchiness of the novel, and hard to describe in a family newspaper." That's the best endorsement ever, right?
Writing about sex has always been an honorable tradition. Just like good sex, good sex writing is in the details, the images, the scenario, the melding of reality and fantasy. We read erotica for inspiration, sometimes to lose ourselves, though we often find parts of ourselves within the story. Good sex writing paints a picture; it shows as well as tells, and it connects your mind to your body. Sounds good right, the life of an erotica writer? Can't you see me in my sexy lingerie, sitting at my laptop, popping bonbons from a heart shaped dish into my mouth, porno playing as I sample sex toys for research? Unfortunately the reality is very, very different.
Whenever Abby traveled, she bought books. It was somehow more exciting to discover an interesting book when she was far from home, even the same exact book she might find in a bookstore in her own town. Maybe when most people thought of San Francisco, they thought of sea air at bayside or delicious scents wafting out of North Beach cafés. But Abby thought about the mysterious mustiness of vintage bookstores or the clean-page smell of big bookstores like City Lights and Modern Times.
Carol Taylor writes erotic literature. She started as an editor in the publishing industry and eventually put out a book of her own called Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction. From there she's become a luminary in the world of erotic fiction in general and black erotica specifically. So, how has becoming a sexpert changed her own love life? Not much, she draws some part of her fiction and the rest is, well, fiction. Maureen Dempsey gets all the details in this Q&A.