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The Lover's Dictionary

Love's lexicographer

As the editorial director at Scholastic, David Levithan is surrounded by emotional stories about adolescents. Being overexposed to such hyperbolic feelings about feelings could easily turn a writer off pursuing such ventures himself — despite the secre
David Levithan defines affection
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 11, 2011

Interview with the BDSM vampire: Lord Ramirez's guide to life

We know from TV and movies that vampires have more aphrodisiacal allure than almost any other type of magical creature. So, to sex up the Phoenix 's Valentine's issue, I decided to ask a vampire a bunch of questions.
Evil love
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 11, 2011

Recipe for disaster: Valentine's Day horror stories from Boston restaurant insiders

These restauranteurs have seen more than a few funny valentines.
Recipe for disaster: Valentine's Day horror stories from Boston restaurant insiders
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  February 11, 2011

Make It So: 7 of the geekiest sex toys ever made (NSFW)

It's a common misconception that nerds don't have sex. On the contrary. Nerds have more sex, and weirder sex, than you're having.
To boldly go
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 11, 2011

14 clip-and-send Valentines from the ladies of Paint Pens in Purses

Sometimes it's hard to express how you feel to that special person.
Light cards for heavy crushes
By PAINT PENS IN PURSES  |  February 11, 2011

Phoenix Mad (In Love) Libs presents: The Trashy Date

We met at the romantic intersection of [blank] and desire ...
The ____ Boston Date Ever!
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 11, 2011


20 Astoundingly Bad Romance Novel Covers

Sure, we all love contemplating glistening Adonises, swashbuckling buccaneers, and loincloth-straining savages — but not as much as Uncle Walter does.
Moaning, groaning, and oiled-hunk-boning with Uncle Walter & Co.
By UNCLE WALTER AND THE WIFE  |  February 11, 2011

Ask A New England Porn Star

Things are different here. More refined. After all, we gave the world the corn muffin, Harvard University, and Emily Dickinson. It stands to reason that our porn stars would also be more genteel, well-bred, and cultured. As the day sacred to St. Valenti
How to dip your yankee candle
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  February 11, 2011

Under $20: Romantic Valentine's Day dining on the Cheap

Want a lousy place to celebrate Valentine's Day? Try a fine-dining restaurant. These frugal alternatives will make for memorable dates nights throughout the year.
Because romance needs great food, not a $15 glass of crummy sparkling wine
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 11, 2011