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Did You Feel the “Spark” When You First Met Your Partner?

June 27, 2018
Did You Feel the “Spark” When You First Met Your Partner?

People talk a lot about the “spark.” What is the “spark,” to be exact? Do you need to feel the spark for something to take off? Does it constantly change, morphing into a slightly different feeling of chemistry with each new partner? Or will you only ever feel it once? Will you never feel it […]

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A Hooking Up Smart Success Story

September 1, 2015
A Hooking Up Smart Success Story

Reader Ana has suggested that it might be helpful to readers to hear some HUS success stories. Although I do share some success stories in the comment threads, she’s right that I haven’t specifically focused on them. I think of myself as being in the business of solving problems strategically. I look for the reader’s pain […]

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Before Sunset Movie Discussion

June 25, 2015
Before Sunset Movie Discussion

At last, it’s time for the HUS discussion of Before Sunset! This sequel to Before Sunrise is my favorite of the trilogy. (Actually, Linklater has made three movies about Jesse and Celine so far, and I love them all. I hope he’s not done.) Like its predecessor, Before Sunset received excellent critical reviews and was also well received by […]

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Let’s Discuss: Before Sunrise

May 6, 2015
Let’s Discuss: Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise is the first film in the Before Trilogy by Richard Linklater, most recently the director of Boyhood. It was inspired by “a woman whom writer/director Richard Linklater met in a toy shop in Philadelphia in 1989. They walked around the city together, conversing deep into the night.” A.O. Scott of the New York Times […]

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When Persistence is Perturbing

April 9, 2015
When Persistence is Perturbing

Hi Susan, A topic that has proved confusing for me is pursuit and persistence in dating. There’s so much conflicting information out there.  Basically, as a guy, I feel that it is my duty to do the approaching. As much as I’d like women to be more forward in their interest, I just don’t really see it […]

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