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This morning DCBlogs notes that Amazon has announced its list of the “20 Most Romantic Cities in America,” based on sales of books about sex and relationships, as well as sales of romance novels. Alexandria is on top, while Arlington comes in at number nine; D.C. is number 11.
Maybe it makes sense that Salt Lake City is dead last on Amazon’s list, but it’s hard to believe that Kenny G’s hometown is the “sexiest city in America”—all it means, of course, is that Ann Arbor sells a lot of bodice rippers. I realize I’m asking for it by using that term—ages back I wrote a story on romance novelists, and was told that “bodice ripper” is a much-frowned-upon term. More disappointing, “wallbanger” doesn’t mean what you probably think it does.