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.
With just a week to go before the harsh budget cuts known as the sequester automatically go into effect, President Obama is scheduled to blitz eight local TV stations with interviews on Wednesday, in an attempt to pressure Republicans to make a deal.
“By speaking to anchors from stations around the country, the president will have an opportunity to focus on the harmful local impacts that will be felt if congressional Republicans refuse to compromise,” a White House official said in a statement.
Among the local news networks are ABC7 in San Francisco, KITV 4 in Honolulu, and KFOR in Oklahoma City.
As the Washington Post reports, “with no recent communication between the White House and congressional Republicans, much of Washington seems resigned to the cuts taking effect March 1.”
In the meantime, both sides are preparing to defer the blame for the cuts, should they go into effect.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that “more than three months after the November election, President Obama still prefers campaign events to common-sense, bipartisan action,” The Hill reports.
“Washington Democrats’ newfound concern about the president’s sequester is appreciated, but words alone won’t avert it,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “Replacing the president’s sequester will require a plan to cut spending that will put us on the path to a budget that is balanced in 10 years.”
President Obama joined in: “If Congress allows this meat cleaver approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military readiness.” He added: “Are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their jobs because you want to protect some special interest loophole?”
Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Jillian Rayfield.
"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.