It may be a bit late to be talking about Valentine's Day but since when was it ever fair to dedicate one day a year to the people who matter? Thankfully I've had no pressing deadlines this weekend, so I took the time to see people, relax, and actually enjoy things. As someone chronically single on the 14th I can confirm that it's the second worst day of the year to be feeling lonely (New Year's Eve takes the top spot), but it ought not to be that way, so against the heteronormativity of V day is this week's reader.
- "I'm not anti-Valentine's, and I'm certainly not anti-relationship, but I'm in favour of a Valentine's that celebrates the breadth of romance; the romance that ranges from belly-flutters that you share with people you fancy, to the romance of friendship, and perhaps most importantly (because it's the sort that gets overlooked a lot); the romance of solitude."
- For so many reasons Gawain and the Green Knight is one of my favourite poems, also includes the sexiest piece of alliterative revival poetry. Intertwining seduction and hunting scenes, as well as a homoerotic dare between the Lord Bertilak and Gawain.
- "The butts punctuate Erik's writing, which takes the form of a sort of a diary with letters, travel tips, restaurant reviews and the odd bit of poetry adding flourishes to some black and white stone cheeks."
- "On one date when we went to the conversation of "What do you do for a living?"–when I said I was a mortician–he was just like, "That's disgusting" and that was that."
- The BFI has rounded up ten sexy films for the weekend.
- "#IKEAEROTICA: The continuing erotic adventures of an innocent young maiden, as she tries to win the hearte of Thaddeus Hardecocke, a sexually damaged billionaire with a fixation on IKEA furniture"
- "I find it intriguing how things change with time in our life – relationships and surroundings as well as how we live on with death, loss, disappearance and all that remains" - Photographer Sarker Protick
- For the book lover, the literary flirter, the reclusive reader,80 short Penguin Classics paperbacks, 80p each.