Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones Is My 'Portnoy's Complaint'
October 15, 2013

Last year, I attended my first New Republic holiday party. Sometime in the middle of the evening, at a Mexican restaurant in midtown east, I found myself talking to my work pal and a colleague whom I didn’t know well. The topic was Philip Roth.

Mindy Kaling: TV's Smartest Airhead
September 26, 2012

What Mindy Kaling gets about work-love balance that most rom-com writers don't.

SWF, Loves Sebald, Seeks Same in Man
August 25, 2010

My ideal man doesn’t exist. This, at least, is what I had to conclude after visiting, the much-ballyhooed new site for “dating by the book,” which purports to match people based on their taste in literature. Matt Sherman, one of the site’s founders, told the AP that the idea came to him after he broke up with a girlfriend a few years ago.

Crap, Actually
April 27, 2004

Anyone seeking evidence of the death of romantic comedy will find it in abundance in Love Actually, which arrives in video stores this week. Written and directed by Richard Curtis (best known for penning Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral), Love Actually announces its ambitions early: Too bold to offer us a thin, unconvincing romance, it instead offers us half a dozen.