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Disagreements over books can kill the romance
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 6:25 PM CDT
A couple's divergent taste in books could be an indication of deeper problems, writes Rachel Donadio in the New York Times.   ((c) bitmask)
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(Newser) – Forget toothpaste habits: Sometimes “a missed—or misguided—literary reference makes it chillingly clear that a romance is going nowhere fast," writes Rachel Donadio in the New York Times. Pasting your literary acumen all over your MySpace page has become the norm, and not a bad one. Just be prepared when “he hadn’t even heard of Pushkin!” becomes a rallying break-up cry.

One Salon book critic ditched her Ayn Rand-loving sweetie, and "let's face it—this may be a gender issue," says Donadio. "Rare is the guy who’d throw a pretty girl out of bed for imperfect taste in books." But after interviewing plenty of bookish types, Donadio ultimately found that "love conquers literary taste" most of the time.