Why Are We Embarrassed To Have Guilty Pleasure Reads?

November 21, 2014 1:41 PM

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My freshman-year roommate introduced me to Marian Keyes. She was sheepish as she presented me with Angels and Sushi for Beginners on my 19th birthday. She'd been a fan for awhile. "It's fluffy," she told me, indicating the telltale chick-lit cover art, "but she's Irish, so it feels less trashy." Ten years later, I've read at least 11 of Keyes' novels. I've read them over and over. I love Marian Keyes. I just wish I could say I loved her unabashedly.

In my idle hours -- there were more than a few -- as an MFA student, I often sat in crowded living rooms watching movies. We dabbled in the Criterion Collection. We watched "Citizen Kane" and "Breathless" and "Fat Girl." But just as often, we gathered around "For Richer or Poorer" (the '90s Kirstie ...

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