04/09/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

When Your Books Are A Deal Breaker

We've all been there. Or some of us have. Anyone who cares about books has at some point confronted the Pushkin problem: when a missed -- or misguided -- literary reference makes it chillingly clear that a romance is going nowhere fast. At least since Dante's Paolo and Francesca fell in love over tales of Lancelot, literary taste has been a good shorthand for gauging compatibility.

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