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Dancing in the Dark: Romance, Yearning, and the Search for the Sublime

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"Romance is structured yearning. In the romantic moment, we gather and focus that yearning in order to connect with something outside ourselves, believing against all odds that such connection is possible, knowing paradoxically that romance is born in the space between our reach and our grasp."

So begins Barbara Lazear Ascher's Dancing in the Dark. Offering enchantment to a
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 21st 1999 by Harper (first published 1999)
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Amy Martin
Jun 14, 2012 Amy Martin rated it it was amazing
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I started this book after checking it out at the library. I then had to hunt it down so I could own it. The language is beautiful and reinforces something that I have always believed. A candlelight dinner is still romantic even if you're eating alone. It's all in the attitude, not the company. Bird watching, art museums, and houses built from vision are all romantic in their own way.
Jun 13, 2008 vanessa rated it really liked it
I'm re-reading this now. It's cozy, like a nice fleece blanket on a winter day. It's basically about 'romance' but not in the mushy "you've got mail" sort of way, but in the sense of topics that make our hearts and interests come alive, and how we can dedicate so much energy to those things because they renew and intrigue us in such special ways.
Dec 19, 2008 Sunflower rated it it was ok
I was wandering in a part of the library that I seldom visit, and the title of this grabbed my attention. The title is one of the best bits: the rest is like a well-written blog.
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