Love & Marriage

Passion, Prudence, & Regret:  Would Jane Austen advise pursuing a long-distance relationship?

Passion, Prudence, & Regret: Would Jane Austen advise pursuing a long-distance relationship?

Dear Erica, I’ve been working and living in New York for the past few years and have just been accepted at business school at Stanford. Of course, now that I’m leaving New York, I finally got up the c...

Seventeen and never been kissed - What's the real problem according to Jane Austen's Emma and Clueless's Cher?

Seventeen and never been kissed - What's the real problem according to Jane Austen's Emma and Clueless's Cher?

Dear Erica, I am concerned about my younger cousin. She is seventeen years old, and has yet to be kissed! She is very pretty and smart, and I am unsure what the problem may be. My only clue is that wh...

Is honesty always the best policy in a marriage?  What would George Eliot advise?

Is honesty always the best policy in a marriage? What would George Eliot advise?

Dear Erica, There are a number of things about my husband that are driving me crazy right now. In particular, his refusal to call a plumber when the toilet jams up, because of course he knows how to f...

How do you get your boyfriend to propose?  Some tips from Ali Wong and Jane Austen.

How do you get your boyfriend to propose? Some tips from Ali Wong and Jane Austen.

Dear Erica, I’ve been with my boyfriend for 3 years now and I want to know how get him to propose. We’re definitely on the same page when it comes to long-term plans, but it just hasn’t translated int...

Why are we so good at giving advice, but so bad at applying it to our own lives?  As EM Forster explains Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice...

Why are we so good at giving advice, but so bad at applying it to our own lives? As EM Forster explains Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice...

Dear Erica Why is it so much easier to see what others should do in their love lives? My best friend is engaged to this banker who is totally wrong for her and I know she still loves her ex-boyfriend....