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...

Ending an Engagement:  Break Slowly or Snap Suddenly?

Ending an Engagement: Break Slowly or Snap Suddenly?

Dear Erica, I’ve gotten engaged to my boyfriend of nearly five years, but after just a few short weeks, I’ve decided I can’t go through with it. How can I end it as nicely as possibly? Do I tell him I...

What would Jane Austen say about your brilliant friend's less than brilliant fiance?

What would Jane Austen say about your brilliant friend's less than brilliant fiance?

Dear Erica, My best friend just got engaged and I don’t know what to do. Her fiance is nice enough, and he treats her well, but I just don’t think he’s good enough for her. I don’t mean to be a snob, ...

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...

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...