When "Dazed and Confused" came out in 1993, my sophomore year of high school, my friends and I saw it at the dollar movie theater no less than 16 times. We memorized lines like, "Check ya later," "Fry like bacon you little freshman piggies!" We took trips to the Salvation Army to scavenge for Levi cutoffs like Darla's (Parker Posey), fringed vests like Michelle's (Milla Jovovitch), or bell bottoms like Jodi's (Michelle Burke).
They've been teasing and tantalizing female readers with images of muscular men oozing sensuality and the pretty women they are destined to save and then fall in love with. The "beefcakes and bodices" book covers have helped Harlequin sell their romance novels for more than half a century.
There it sits on your nightstand, that book you've meant to read for who knows how long but haven't yet cracked open. Tonight, as you feel its stare from beneath that teetering pile of magazines, know one thing -- you are not alone.
If Tom Perkins were a regular guy, he might have jumped at the chance to star in a reality TV show with dozens of hot twentysomethings vying for his "heart." But when the invite came, the legendary venture capitalist and co-founder of Kleiner Perkins threw it in the trash and called his romance novelist ex-wife, Danielle Steel, who persuaded him to turn the idea of appearing on a dating show into a book. Did he ever. Sex and the Single Zillionaire is everything you never expected from a distinguished 73-year-old. A saucy tale of Steven Hudson, a widowed investment banker searching for love, it showcases the highs and lows of life at the top. From Hudson's standing 5 P.M. martini, to his ne'er-do-well playboy son, to the eyebrow-raising sex scenes, it's all there. While Perkins doesn't expect rave reviews from the lit-crit crowd, his beach read will benefit a good cause (he's donating the proceeds to his biz-school alma mater, Harvard). As for the similarities between the author and his protagonist? "Pure ...