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Entries Tagged as 'Romance'

Chinese Romance – “Twenty fragments of a ravenous youth” – Xiaolu Guo

January 19th, 2012 · No Comments · China, Chinese, Love, Quotes

YOU CAN CHECK ANY CHINESE DICTIONARY, there’s no word for romance. We say ‘Lo Man’, copying the English pronunciation. What the fuck use was a word like romance to me anyway? There wasn’t much of it about in China, and Beijing was the least romantic place in the whole universe. ‘Eat first, talk later,’ as [...]

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Teen Romance in the Dark – “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” – Barbara Demick

September 18th, 2011 · No Comments · History, Love, North Korea, Totalitarianism

The dark has advantages of its own. Especially if you are a teenager dating somebody you can’t be seen with. When adults go to bed, sometimes as early as 7:00pm in winter, it is easy enough to slip out of the house. The darkness confers measures of privacy and freedom as hard to come by [...]

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