Google “love” for a quick glimpse at the overwhelming response human culture has to a seemingly unknowable condition. Whether it’s the ancient Greeks, contemporary psychologists or rock ’n’ roll lyricists, everyone (or, at least, 1.8 billion web pages) has an opinion, a story and a classification system for this defining emotion.

Even the most complex theories, though, are little more than guesswork. So let’s break love down into two broad categories: passionate love and the other kind. It’s quickly evident that passionate love is where all the mystery lies. As Pascal said back in the 1600s (and this is a paraphrase): The heart has its reasons, which reason knows not. Or, for a more contemporary view, as Florence Welch sings in her cover of Robert Palmer: Might as well face it, you’re addicted to love…

As for Valentine’s Day, it also remains a bit of a mystery. Historians identify its progenitor—St. Valentine—as three different martyred priests, and some believe the holiday itself began as an attempt to Christianize a pagan holiday.

That’s why SFR’s annual Love & Sex issue is devoted not just to Feb. 14, but also to the spirit of the holiday, which can and should be celebrated


We’ve also assembled a wide variety of romance-related suggestions for everything from

, gifts and



and lots of dance ideas:




Still not convinced? Come to SFR’s

Feb. 5 and let us woo you.

—Julia Goldberg

Mutual Mastication

Sharing food marinates your mouth and lubricates your libido

Drink Me To The End of Love

What and where to imbibe this Valentine's Day: The Quiz

Art Heart

The Santa Fe Art Co-op makes love for you

Singular Interest

Local groups bolster Santa Fe's singles scene

Suite On You

Check out sexy staycation options for your special someone

Feel the Groove

Find the partner dance that’s right for you

Bringin' Ze Sexy Back

It's not what you got, it's how you move it

Push Pole

Sexy is as sexy feels

Cozy Time

Love is ageless—but not always dinner conversation

Getting Over Valentine's

Real love trumps chocolates and flowers any and every day