Five Reasons We Still Love ‘The Princess Bride’

For the next few days, The Princess Bride, the iconic indie-film-turned-blockbuster that turns thirty years old this year will be playing in select theaters. Has it really been that long since we met handsome, poor Wesley and his cheeky love, Buttercup? To celebrate this occasion, here are five reasons we still love The Princess Bride, … Continued


Finally, a Movie that Gets Romance Right: “La La Land”

The new movie La La Land is hoovering up nominations this awards season. Critics are cheering its stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and it’s an event whenever Hollywood makes another movie musical. But that’s not why people should rush out to see it. Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) delivers the most unabashedly romantic movie in … Continued

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In Defense of Online Dating

There are two virtual realities we regularly encounter today. The first is the insidious one described by Ross Douthat in “The Virtues of Reality,” in which a myriad of human activities is mediated by social media; a virtual reality that discloses an unreal ideal self and obscures the real. “The trends in the marketplace—ever-more-customized pornography, … Continued


Don’t Be a Pessimist About Love and Marriage

Is Romanticism the bane of happy marriages? Without a doubt. At least, that’s the argument philosopher Alain de Botton made last week in the New York Times. The piece struck a nerve with everyone I asked about it; the fact that it remained the most-read story for days after it was published makes me confident … Continued


Is Instagram Romance Possible?

One year ago this month, I wrote a long letter to a person I’ve never met who I happened to discover on Instagram. I don’t recall when or how I first encountered his profile, or what post initially prompted me to follow him. What I do remember is scrolling through his digital album of photographs … Continued


Are We Finally Unhooking from Hook Up Culture?

Valentine’s Day is over—the chocolate is gone, the candles are burned out, and the flowers are wilting. So with all those romantic distractions out of the way, let’s talk about sex. Specifically, let’s talk about the last decade, and how Americans’ views on sex and relationships have changed over the course of the last ten … Continued


Facebook Ex’s and Oh’s

  Bravo, Facebook! I’d never expect to write those words but alas, the social media conglomerate has finally done right by their users. I’m not talking about Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan’s pledge of roughly $45 billion to philanthropic causes after the birth of their baby daughter. No, what’s impressed me is the recent … Continued


The Patriarchy’s Spooning Weapon Exposed!

Men of the patriarchy: Do not be alarmed. It’s a setback. We’ve been exposed. But at this point panic is our foe as much as the article. I’m referring, of course, to “Down with Spooning!” The piece in Slate which has revealed how we’ve been maintaining our Heterosexist Privilege for decades—nay, millennia. They’ve discovered the … Continued