"Sex alleviates tension," Woody Allen wrote. "Love causes it." Usually around Valentine's Day, we have a special Sex issue. But this year, we found ourselves much more inspired by that glorious tension — the tightrope act that is falling in love and somehow making it last. It seemed much harder, and much more interesting, than the simplicity of hopping into bed and letting nature take over.
So this year, we celebrate not sex (not just sex, at any rate) but rather love. The joy that comes in finding someone who makes your heart sing. The joy of coupling.
We chose six of the L.A. couples who intrigue us the most. We know there are many others we could have chosen. But we never said we were doing this just once. Love is endlessly complicated; surely you don't expect us to cover the whole gamut in just one issue? —Sarah Fenske