Category Archives: Love story

Sweetness in the Belly

Some days ago, on my way to work, I was struck by a disturbing image on the top page of my local newspaper. A young man stranded in the middle of a flooded road, barefoot, clothes plastered to a soaked … Continue reading

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Reading break

The first time I stepped into a student dorm I crimped my nose at the pervasive odor of reheated beans, burnt cornmeal mush and damp sweatpants poking out unmade beds; the stumps of unfiltered cigarettes smoked to the very butt, … Continue reading

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Puppy love

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we’re 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, … Continue reading

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Pair it like a pro

Looking for your perfect Valentine? Seek no further than your neighborhood brewery: and for a truly romantic, sensuous and distinct experience, bring along that heart-shaped chocolate box. Beer & chocolate are the yin-yang of matchmaking and pair together beautifully: Start … Continue reading

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Dreams in black and white

The black sky is pricked with stars, their light dusting the ground like spun sugar. Burnt caramel is wafting through the air, kids licking cotton candy off their fingers, jostling through the narrow lanes to catch a glimpse of the … Continue reading

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Verona’s star-crossed lovers

The massive oak-carved doors are propped wide open, inviting Verona’s elite to the Capulets’ dinner party. Mellow torch flames throw dancing shadows along the stone walls, to the tremulous vibrations of citterns and lutes. Heavy brocart swishes down the parquette … Continue reading

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Venetian decadence

Gustav von Aschenbach sinks into the soft cushions of the gondola. The gentle rocking of the boat, the delicate splash of the waves against the lacquered hull lulls him into sleep. He savours the last mouthfuls of sweet cuttlefish, dissolving … Continue reading

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