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Nora Roberts: "Sex is important in the books because, without it, it would be like eating a rice cake instead of a cupcake." [New Yorker]

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Helen Valentine

Whenever a particular friend and I are in Barnes & Noble we like to wander into the romance section and play "Quick-Draw Find the Cheesy Sex Scene," wherein each of us grabs a random book off the shelf at the same time and the first to find a flowery erotic passage wins. And then we read said passage aloud, ignoring the odd looks from passerby.

I am the all-time champion of this game.