September 21, 1995 |
Many of us never thought we'd reach 40 single and living alone. But the last census told us that 23 million Americans now live alone, half between 25 and 50. Many single adults raised in the "Ozzie-and-Harriet" era now live confused and benumbed in another: The Twilight Zone of Romance. Sure, activities for "singles" are everywhere. But adult dating today can be a carnival of confusion. The problem isn't simply about who will pick up the dinner check, it's about the lost verities of courtship, civility and compromise, rules that disappeared with Howdy Doody and tailfins on Cadillacs.
October 30, 1990 |
The older woman who takes up with a younger man generally has not fared well on the silver screen. She is at best a vehicle for the young man's coming of age - Jennifer O'Neill's lovely war widow in "Summer of '42" - and more often either an object of pity (Cloris Leachman's sex-starved Ruth in "The Last Picture Show") or an out-and-out lecher (Anne Bancroft's Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate"). The object of her affections - or attentions - may be in the relationship for ambition (Frank Sinatra in "Pal Joey," William Holden in "Sunset Boulevard")
July 15, 2012 |
Hurt souls find love with a touch of magic and there's laugh-out-loud courtship of opposites in a continuing shifter series as we survey romance reading for the summer. Spellbound Falls By Janet Chapman Jove, $7.99 Olivia Baldwin runs a camp for families in picturesque Spellbound Falls, Maine. A busy widow with a young daughter, she hasn't had time for romance in years, not to mention a lack of any real contenders to catch her eye in the tiny town.
February 1, 2013 |
MOST WOMEN like a guy with brains, but maybe not a guy who keeps brains in his hoodie pouch, for snacking. This is just one of the many roadblocks to romance in "Warm Bodies" an inventive zomcom about a zombie (Nicholas Hoult) who can't remember his first name, or forget that he's in love. He falls for a beautiful non-zombie girl (Teresa Palmer), whom he impulsively saves right after killing and partially eating her boyfriend. He keeps her safe and hidden at the zombie-infested airport, holed up in the cabin of an old plane, where he spins vinyl for her and gathers food and blankets.
February 11, 1994 |
Since Valentine's Day falls on Monday this year, why not devote the whole weekend to romance? Just hit the video store and fire up the VCR. Here are some suggestions, from classic to offbeat: "Wuthering Heights" (1939) - Laurence Olivier's Heathcliff suffers his whole miserable life pining for Merle Oberon's Cathy. The tacked-on ending suggests heaven may offer what earth never could. "Gone With the Wind" (1939) - Vivien Leigh's Scarlett and Clark Gable's Rhett are married and obsessively drawn to each other, but their tempestuous courtship continues because they never settle down enough to settle in. They're both so strong and Scarlett so unyielding that they're thwarted by her inability to accept just part of all she thinks she wants.
February 28, 1988 |
"We're goin' ridin' on the freeway, got love on the inside track. " - Aretha Franklin, "Freeway of Love" The automobile, as several academics have observed, has become a kind of motorized version of the American psyche, a symbol of self-reliance, private adventure and the mobility of a democratic society. Now, increasingly, it is the vehicle to romance. Nowhere is this more evident than in this city where, as author Arthur Miller once wrote, "when a man admits failure, he becomes a pedestrian.
February 6, 2005 |
He's fought off aliens, drug lords, the CIA and - ay! - robots. Heck, he even brought George Foreman to his knees. Now, in Hitch, his first romantic comedy since he burst onto the small screen as the Fresh Prince, Philadelphia native son Will Smith finds himself in the battle of the sexes. Smith, the quintessential ladies' man - who's resplendent with his actress wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on the cover of this month's Essence - plays "date doctor" Alex Hitchens, creating situations to help ordinary guys snag the girls of their dreams.
May 22, 2011 |
When Anne Lubeck met Peter Silverberg back in 2003, she was divorced and he was a widower. Things clicked on their first lunch date at a South Jersey restaurant, and after some months a romance was budding. At the time, Peter was living in the single-family home he had shared with his wife, and Anne had begun flirting with the notion of moving from her condominium in Edgewater Park to somewhat larger space. As the romance progressed, and it was clear that marriage was in the offing, Anne became more proactive about moving.
July 28, 2012 |
It won't be long now before teens across the globe take to the streets in sackcloth and ashes in mourning over Kristen Stewart's swan dive from media grace. K-Stew, whose romance with Twilight costar Robert Pattinson has helped us keep at bay the horrors of a world engulfed in poverty, war, and famine, admitted this week that she had engaged in what she called a "momentary indiscretion" with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders. The fallout has been shocking: Fans, for the most part teenage girls, have unleashed a fury of disappointment and outrage, a wave of hysteria not seen since Sigmund Freud set up shop in Vienna.
November 29, 1987 |
"When companies say they're coming out with software for women, they generally release a cookbook program," says Amy Briggs. "That's sort of denying the intellectual ability of women. " Briggs, 25, is the author of Plundered Hearts (Infocom), the first interactive romance novel. That's right, an all-text romantic story you read and participate in with the help of your computer. It hit the stores early last month. With an adult female audience in mind, Plundered Hearts is also the first interactive fiction software in which the main character is a woman.