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Daily Links: Unscrupulous Scribes

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Be Mine

By Jeremy Walton   On February 14th, 1989, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sent what surely must have been one of the blackest Valentine’s greetings of all time to novelist Salman Rushdie.  Invoking somewhat dubious legal and theological authority—as a Twelver Shi’a, Khomeini could hardly claim to speak for all of the world’s Muslims—he called for Rushdie’s death on...

A Red Bagel

By Adam H. Becker   When I was little my mother would get me a red bagel on Valentine's Day and a green one on St. Patrick's Day. Although Jewish, on Christmas Eve we would go to my grandmother’s house. She was Catholic and had a Rembrandt-esque picture of Jesus on the wall. I always thought it...

Heart in the Snow

By Mary Valle My last semester in college, I spent a lot of time taking phone calls from my brother Michael.  He was nearing the end of his working life and about to go on disability due to HIV. He'd call me, in Massachusetts,  from his office in Beverly Hills and I'd hog a communal phone...

St. Valentine’s Fallen Face

By David Metcalfe   An urban youth lends no pastoral allure to chalky candy charms and flimsy cardboard tokens. Until, within a sepulchral view of a rose adorned skull, faint echoes of divinatory lots and sympathetic magic are discerned beyond St. Valentine’s fallen face. Wandering beyond mercantile districts, into a dispersed and disputed hagiography, we find him moving...

A Simple Dinner

By Anthea Butler   I used to hate Valentines day, until a dinner changed my mind. After a particularly ugly split from another fool right before Valentines Day, a friend in grad school saw my distress, and invited me over for dinner. Our friendship was complicated. He made us a spectacularly simple dinner. I can still remember the tastes on...

My Wish This Valentine’s Day

By George González   No doubt, much of our contemporary consumer society is magical and ecstatic. This extends to our niche and lucrative markets in love and romance. Hallmark and Hollywood movies send the message that the truest expressions of romantic love are ones that sweep up two individuals---preferably heterosexual, white, English speaking, lovely and bourgeois---into a world...

A Valentine Offering

By Genevieve Yue   A Valentine offering, lifted from the words of the late Edward Rondthaler, pioneer of the Rutherford photo-lettering machine and champion of phonetic spelling: "The bluebirds are flying from my heart to you."  

My Friend

By Jacob Glatstein Translated from the Yiddish by Peter Manseau My friend lives a satisfied life. He has a wife who loves him, three blond children, a winter house, a summer home, money tucked away for times of need, and ready aphorisms about the certainty of easy living for decades to come. And I am devoured by jealousy day in, day out. My only certainty...

I Love You, I Do.

We asked our Near and Dear to tell us something about today, the day when we celebrate love--or loss or absence or grief or joy or chocolate or the color red.  Valentine's Day is one of those not-so-holy (or so-holiday) holidays we bump into on the annual calendar, on our way to spring, rebirth and...

Month of Valentines

By Stacy Doris Click here to listen to a recording of "Month of Valentines," (audio file) from Paramour.   Stacy Doris, poet (1962-2012). February 18 Memorial details.     (thank you Julie Regan)

#MyGrownUpValentine

By Ashley Baxstrom [caption id="attachment_10496" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption=""Heart to Heart 2" by Angela Zito"][/caption]   #Valentine'sDay was cocoa in a red mug, powdered sugar & strawberries on my pancakes, a note in my lunchbox from mom. Now it's all #DIY.