Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Oysters, hump jams and decapitation: A Valentine's Day guide

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

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Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is upon us. While most of the buzz about today's holiday will give you a sugar headache, a few of our fellow alternative newspapers have put together some digestible bits of love-themed guidance and food for thought. In Valentine's Day parlance, these are the four good pieces in your box of chocolates—you know, the ones without the gelatinous fruit filling or any nuts.

- Do you know your Valentine's Day history? Houston Press gets to the holiday's origins, which includes "the brutal beheading of a dude who just wanted to help horny youngsters."

- At The Stranger, author Rebecca Brown writes about the heart. Warning: she admits hers is "crusty, brown, and scabbed. A lump. It has been bit into, chewed up, gnawed on, spat ou—no—wait—not 'out.' It can't get out. It's stuck inside."

- Willamette Week polled Portland musicians on their favorite "hump jams." (Yep, that's how they coined it: hump jams.) Lotta Prince on the list. Also, Chris Funk of The Decemberists has a kid and therefore no longer has sex. Poor guy.

- San Antonio Current offers up tips for home-cooked romance. Not sure about the oysters, but the rest sounds scrumptious, and very doable. Those are words you like to hear on Valentine's Day.

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