What's Love Got to Do with It?
May 1, 2009 8:12 AM Subscribe
Point me in the direction of your favorite writing(s) about love - you know, the stuff that talks about it in a way that you always wished you'd thought to.
posted by jasbet07 to Writing & Language (43 answers total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
I'm getting married in NH in October. If NH doesn't pass their same sex legislation (fingers crossed that they will), we will do a short&sweet civil, legal ceremony in MA the day before our ceremony/reception. Either way, the NH ceremony will be the main event.
I'm writing the ceremony and am on the hunt for amazing writing about love. I'm not really looking for "readings" per se - rather chunks of novels/memoirs, interesting articles, blog entries, etc. that talk about love in a profound/meaningful way that leads to that sigh at the end of it where you think..."yeah, that's why I'm with her" or "that's why I want to make every effort to spend the rest of my time on this planet with her." It doesn't have to be "fluffy" (in fact, I'd prefer more philisophical, political, spiritual, passionate pieces - humor also always welcome). I want things that will help me frame what I'm going to put into the ceremony more than direct quotes or readings.
While I don't want all things related to same sex issues, I would definitely love it if you've read particularly poignant things on this topic - recent articles, court decision language, blog entries. Having been in the midst of what is an amazing shift - I sometimes undervalue the broader relevance of the decision we are making - I'd love to highlight that in some way. This is particularly apropos since NH hangs in the balance right now and the state's (or rather Gov Lynch's) decision could completely change the tenor of our big day.
Mostly, though, I want writings that help explain why so many of us are willing to (seemingly) forego "rational" thought to pursue the hope of having a marriage that will be one of the ones that ends up just as we've intended - full of love, passion, humor, communication, balance, support, and the ability to work through everything that isn't any of those things.
I've started my own collection but find that the responses on this site always provide new insight. As always - thank you for your help!