Wuthering Heights. I read it as a teenager when I had to stay home sick from school and got seriously high on Benylin. I picked it off my mom’s bookshelf because I thought “wuthering” sounded like the most suggestive word in the English language and read it in one hallucinogenic bed-ridden sitting. I still don’t know what “wuthering” means.
Your thoughts on friends being lovers.
Bad idea. Full stop.
Your thoughts on the net amounts of pleasure and pain.
I'll take Door #1, please. I am a pleasure-seeking animal and I figure life will deal you enough pain—before delivering its final knock-out punch—without going out of your way to suffer for love (or anything else). Maybe that’s wishful thinking. But really, we should all try to maximize the net amount of joy during our brief and messy time on this planet: ours and everyone else’s.
It's been just over a year since Sam told Alexandra and I that we should start a LitSite about LOVE (in all of its incarnations). We pondered the surprising idea. Could we combine our disparate talents to create a quality digital journal? Should we?
Sam is the fly by the-seat-of-his-pants maverick publisher turned literary agent who loves literature (and isn't used to having partners). I am a former actress, belly dancer and (yes, bossy) high school teacher turned editor. Alex is a former marketing director turned writer (her memoir, Unearthed, was a national best-seller this summer) and, happily for me and Sam, she is a born diplomat.
The idea was, like the title of our serialized novel, irresistible. First, we needed a name. It was Sam's idea to go tongue-in-cheek with "Don't Talk to Me About Love." Then we found Dante Nocero who, with a shoestring budget, created our fabulous logo and got our website up and running. We had no content, but we had brilliant and generous friends!
We phoned writers, Margot Berwin, David Gilmour, Linda Rui Feng and Kera Yonker, and artist, Heidi Berton and had the gall to ask for new material donations. In a remarkably short time, we had a stunning first issue and an honorarium for all our authors. Shortly afterwards, our debut contest covered three genres and garnered hundreds of entries from all over the globe.
We meet weekly, to read, argue, post, or plan. Not a week goes by that we aren't surprised by our continued existence (in spite of our many mistakes!) and deeply gratified by the quality of our writers/artists/interviewees.
In many ways this entire enterprise has been a surprise, so I'm going to end with our most pleasant surprises. For Sam it's our reader reach, geographical and numerical, and interviewing Giller Prize Winner, Vincent Lam. For Alex it's the freshness of the writing on an age-old topic. For me, it's the affection I've developed for our talented contributors, all of whom I'd like to name here. But I can't. So we have prepared a special page to celebrate and thank them.
And finally, we humbly thank our wonderful readers, who keep us going.