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In Praise of Purple Prose
I admit it. I read romance novels. But, you know what? Some of them are fun, and more entertaining than the simple boy meets girl, boy and girl have communication problems, they finally say "I love you", and live happily ever after stories you may expect.

One of my favorite authors is Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle. Yes, those are all her pseudonyms. She uses her pseudonyms to keep her various genres separate. Under Krentz she writes contemporary romances, Quick does historical, and Castle does the Sci-Fi/Fantasy version. (Yes Sci-Fi/Fantasy, that's what I said.) There are some consistencies to her writing that are what make her such a pleasure to read.

First of all she has a sense of humor. There's really no point to reading a romance that takes itself seriously. Romance is the ultimate in escapist literature after all.
She tries to keep her lead characters real. They are sometimes described as beautiful (or handsome) but more often there are physical flaws and personality quirks that lend themselves to identifying with the main characters. (After all, why would you want to read a story where you think the main character is a jerk?)
She usually has something in the way of a mystery plot. At least one of the characters is usually looking for something: a treasure or a murderer or both.
Her secondary characters have lives of their own. The detail and the background they provide make for a better story, I frequently find myself laughing at their actions.

Here's an excerpt from "Slightly Shady", written under her Quick name, that should give you an idea of what I mean. (As an aside, who names a romance novel "Slightly Shady"? That brings to mind used car salesmen, not romance--but the title fits the book perfectly.)

Lavinia and Tobias are the main characters. Emeline is Lavinia's niece, and Anthony is Tobias' brother-in-law. (both Lavinia and Tobias are widowed.) This is the first meeting between Emeline and Anthony.

[Emeline:] "Lavinia is convinced that an expensive, fashionable gown is necessary to display my wares to the best advantage. She has concluded that Apollo must be sacrificed to obtain the necessary funds."
"Forgive me, Miss Emeline," Anthony said with grave gallantry, "but any man who could not perceive that your unique charms are best displayed without a gown would have to be a benighted idiot."
There was a short pause. Everyone looked at Anthony. He turned a violent shade of red.
"I meant that your charms would be, uh charming regardless of whether or not you were dressed," he stammered.
No one said a word.
Anthony looked truly stricken now. "That is to say, you would be spectacular in only an apron, Miss Emeline."
"Thank you," she murmured. Her eyes danced.
Anthony looked as if he would very much like to sink into the pavement.


Did you laugh? I can't help but giggle every time I read that part. And yes, I have read this more than once.

Did I mention that I enjoy Krentz's writing?

My only problem with romance novels is the obligatory sex scenes. They're boring. That's right, boring. I think they use stock phrases and cut and paste them from one story to another. Although Quick's scenes can end in absurdity as often as the big "O". And what's with the whole "manhood" as a euphemism? Am I wrong in thinking that what makes a man manly is more than what's in his shorts?

So give romance novels a chance. While not great literature by any stretch of the imagination, they're fun, sometimes silly, occasionally erotic, and entertaining. I would recommend Krentz in any of her incarnations, or more recent Johanna Lindsey novels if you want to try something that doesn't take the "romance" in romance novel too seriously.

Go ahead. I won't tease you.
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Humble Pie
Have a slice, Republicans
Now that the shock has worn off a bit: what the hell happened this election?

Unemployment was very low. Stock-market indexes, whether broad-based or narrow-based, whether composed of big companies or small companies, whether representing the new economy or the old economy: they were all continuously hitting all-time highs, finally marking a decisive break with the bubble bust-9/11 hangover. Americans are collectively richer than ever before.

Gas prices were declining fast. Remember how many unfounded insinuations you read in the media that Rove was somehow engineering the gas price declines?

Saddam Hussein was sentenced by an Iraqi court to hang from the gallows for some of his crimes. Remember the insinuations? They might even have been well-founded, in this instance.

Economic success at home, and the appearance of military success abroad with Saddam's trophy scalp: if you listened to the sort of people who have a palpable contempt for the American voter, this was a recipe for the incumbent party's reelection. And yet, we threw the bums out.

Apparently, the quality of Diebold's election-stealing code was as low as the quality of all their other code. There was a lot of noise about the flaws of Diebold's touch-screen voting machines, and the possible malicious intent lurking therein, but in the end, it didn't do the Republicans any good. Electronic voting is still a profoundly flawed idea, but at least now we know that it's not a deliberate conspiracy of fraud perpetrated upon our democracy. It's just rank incompetence.

The American electorate confounded all of the conventional wisdom expectations of its collective cravenness and stupidity in this election. Incidentally revealing the bankruptcy of a lot of the kind of pundits who pronounce that Americans vote only with their wallets and think only in the extremely short term.

I, for one, am delighted in our loss of power. When I expressed this sentiment, it caused reader Trillian to ask me if I was serious. She clearly thought I was joking. I assured her I was serious, without elaborating. This is the elaboration. And while I'm delighted in our (well-deserved) loss of power, I'm cautiously pessimistic about the chances for immediate (2008) recovery. It looks like we haven't learned our lesson well-enough yet. I'm gonna come back to this in a couple of paragraphs.

You guys never believe me when I say I'd vote for Hillary Clinton, either. Well, watch me. If we don't clean up our shitty fucking act, Hillary doesn't look so bad.

For the past several elections, a meme has been going around about the media. The meme is that the liberal media's reporting constitutes an echo-chamber. One that inadvertently suckers Democrats into believing their chances are much better than they really are. For a time, this was correct: the media predicted Democratic victories which did not materialize. And yet, this time, the media was-if anything-circumspect. They dared to suggest that the Democrats might nearly control the Senate. Even the Democratic so-called "echo chamber" didn't predict that a clean sweep of both houses of Congress was in the cards. They didn't dream of it!

It turns out the American voter still has a few surprises left for all of us. I regret my pre-election prediction of Republican victory in the comments here, for this reason: I said "the American people are not morons" in justifying my view of the Republicans' excellent chances for retaining control. They're not morons regardless, and it would serve me well to keep that in mind.


"Better us than them" ain't gonna cut it any more. Perform or get out.

Did you know that Dennis Hastert's son, Joshua, is a high-powered Washington lobbyist? For Google, among others? This is how bad our side has become. The nepotistic corruption is sickening. We're not any holier than the Democrats. We ARE the moneychangers in the temple. Proof: the GOP voted overwhelmingly to elect the same kind of corrupt leaders that lost us this election, instead of Young Turk reformers with real conservative credentials, guys like Roy Blunt and Mike Pence.

Fuck us, okay? I'm glad we lost. We lost on the merits. We had every last reason to win, and we still blew it. We have no right to complain. We just have to do better. Much, much better. We've lost our way. The Republican party is no longer led by principled conservatives. Either we fix it, replace it, or resign ourselves to a generation of Democratic control.

Notice how many victorious Democrat candidates were conservative Democrats. Conservatism didn't lose here, folks. Republicans lost. For instance, the Democrats went with Steny Hoyer for House majority leader over John Murtha, swimming against commissar Nancy Pelosi's diktat. They're eager to seize their chance. And although they don't know what to do with it yet, they sure as hell don't want to be cast out into the wilderness again. The new conservative Democrats want to differentiate themselves from the hardcore liberal losers who've been getting them killed in every election since 1994. I'm cheering them on.

As a habitually Republican voter, I'm disappointed in the outcome of this election. As a conservative, I'm delighted. And I'm far more of a conservative than I am a Republican.
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