No, it's not a second series. It's a Valentine's Day Special One-Off Episode of Solve This, the improvisational panel show and podcast that pits a panel of four romantic specialists against properly themed Valentine's Day problems where the solutions become more wrong the further we go into the show.
Joining me for this episode are, in alphabetical order:
It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck. It's the podcast that is bigoted against sexism, sexist against racism, and racist against Speed Racer. This podcast was engineered--some might say over-engineered--by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.
It's the podcast that is determined to offend somebody somewhere. Just one person. Intensely. It's Weekend Justice: the podcast that eats the middle out of all the Oreos in your zip code, just to vex you. This podcast was engineered--some might say over-engineered--by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.
We're no strangers to Harlequin Romances around here. At least from the standpoint of advising them (for free) of new alliances they could make in addition to the one they've done with NASCAR. But ABC News has done something that we only wish we could have done at the time: got a guy from NASCAR to do a reading from one of those books. And indeed, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and even Wolfgang Puck (among others) give their own particular dramatic spin on some Harlequin prose. And as interesting as this genre of books is and its number one publisher, it's the readings that sell this piece. Sit through the whole thing.
Okay, here's the deal. Dentyne and Needcoffee have joined forces to bring you a contest for Valentine's Day. And not because blasting your date with coffee breath is a bad idea on Valentine's Day or any day for that matter--although that's certainly valid.
No, Dentyne wants you to "Make Face Time" with your family and friends. And this seems genuine. They're not trying to make you feel good about not getting a date. Although maybe if you forgot to freshen your breath with Dentyne last year after you had your coffee...maybe that's why you struck out this year. We don't know. We're not here to judge. Well. Mostly.
Let me explain what I am giving an endorsement to in this picture. It's the classic piece of literature Running on Empty, a joint publication from Harlequin Romances and... NASCAR.
NASCAR crew chief Hugo Murphy could never forget Sylvie Ketchum, especially since he only had to look at her daughterâ€”their daughterâ€”to be reminded of the woman he'd loved. But she'd deserted him and Kim without a word, shattering their hopes and dreams. Nothing could fill the voidâ€”except NASCAR.
Now I have nothing against NASCAR. It, like most sports, is an enigma to me. And I have nothing against Harlequin Romances. I swore if things ever got too bad I would create a female pseudonym and start writing them to pay the bills. But when you put the two together--my Ability to Refrain From Mockery fails.
Belle Epoque. While trying to escape from the Spanish Civil War, young Fernando is befriended by Amalia, a free-thinking artist. They talk of life and religion and politics. Things get complicated as they usually do by women. Specifically Amalia's four daughters: Clara, RocÃo, Violeta, and Luz. All share remarkable beauty and their father's free spirit. Now Fernando is being pulled hither and yon by the sisters' desire and his own lust is adding fuel to the fire. Can love be found in all this romantic confusion? Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1994, this fun and frothy romantic comedy comes with a commentary from the director, Fernando Trueba. Click here to buy it from Amazon.
The character of love in both anime and manga is as varied and different as the titles themselves, delving into forbidden love, desperate love, sweet love, young love, first love, and final love, but just like the real world, no two people are exactly alike, and no romance will be exactly like another.