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On Valentine's Day, Anita Loos' diamonds are a girl's best friend
On Valentine's Day, Anita Loos' diamonds are a girl's best friend

How is it possible that, until this week, I had never read Anita Loos’ “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”? Certainly, I’ve seen the Howard Hawks film. The book, however, managed to elude me -- until a new edition (W.W. Norton, $13.95) featuring a nuanced introduction by Jenny McPhee landed on my desk, just in time for Valentine’s Day. If you’re among the uninitiated, as I was, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is a perfect read for this most saccharine of holidays: a cynical knife blade of a novel, barely 130 pages, that puts the lie to romance. “[K]issing your hand may make you feel very very good,” the narrator, a young woman named Lorelei...

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