Romance novels need a canon
"Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie
A contemporary romantic comedy set to Elvis Costello and lots of luxurious and sinful sugary treats. Read the whole essay.
As Salon noted Tuesday, in a communiqué decrying the President Obama’s civil liberties record, Anonymous had threatened to disrupt the online feeds broadcasting the State of the Union address. However, the White House livestreams worked without a hitch for the entirety of Obama’s Tuesday night speech.
No statements have been issued as of yet about the failed #OpSOTU, but a number of comments on Twitter asked whether Anons who would have otherwise contributed to the operation were distracted watching live footage of ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner’s last stand in Big Bear while the president delivered his address.
Anonymous had vowed to block the webcast in protest of Obama’s signing of the NDAA, his drone program, the proliferation of government warrantless wiretapping, the treatment of Bradley Manning and the introduction of cyber-security legislation in the House, which the hacker collective said would turn “private companies into government informants.”
During his State of the Union address, Obama announced an executive order on cybersecurity, which may reduce pressure in Congress to push forward with the controversial CISPA bill. According to CNet, the executive order doesn’t appear to include CISPA’s most contentious aspects, namely it doesn’t “rewrite privacy laws by allowing companies to share confidential information with intelligence agencies without oversight.” However, the president has also given support to Congress to reintroduce CISPA on Wednesday.
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"Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie
"Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Crusie
Another of Crusie's romantic comedies, this one in the shadow of an ostentatiously phallic water tower. Read the whole essay.
"A Gentleman Undone" by Cecilia Grant
A Regency romance with beautifully broken people and some seriously steamy sex. Read the whole essay.
"Black Silk" by Judith Ivory
A beautifully written, exquisitely slow-building Regency; the plot is centered on a box with some very curious images, as Edward Gorey might say. Read the whole essay.
"For My Lady's Heart" by Laura Kinsale
A medieval romance, the period piece functions much like a dystopia, with the courageous lady and noble knight struggling to find happiness despite the authoritarian society. Read the whole essay.
"Sweet Disorder" by Rose Lerner
A Regency that uses the limitations on women of the time to good effect; the main character is poor and needs to sell her vote ... or rather her husband's vote. But to sell it, she needs to get a husband first ... Read the whole essay.
"Frenemy of the People" by Nora Olsen
Clarissa is sitting at an awards banquet when she suddenly realizes she likes pictures of Kimye for both Kim and Kanye and she is totally bi. So she texts to all her friends, "I am totally bi!" Drama and romance ensue ... but not quite with who she expects. I got an advanced copy of this YA lesbian romance, and I’d urge folks to reserve a copy; it’s a delight. Read the whole essay.
"The Slightest Provocation" by Pam Rosenthal
A separated couple works to reconcile against a background of political intrigue; sort of "His Gal Friday" as a spy novel set in the Regency. Read the whole essay.
"Again" by Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Set among workers on a period soap opera, it manages to be contemporary and historical both at the same time. Read the whole essay.