Love

Death to Cupid
Love is not "all you need." Far from it.
February 13, 2014

Boycott Valentine's Day and end our nation's obsession with romantic love.

Shirley Temple Only Dated Her Husband for 12 Days
Research shows the longer you date, the happier your marriage. Unless you're Shirley Temple.
February 12, 2014

Shirley Temple dated her husband for two weeks and stayed with him for 55 years—but for most people, the longer you spend courting your spouse, the happier your marriage.

Ten Things 'Love Actually' Actually Taught Us About Relationships
November 08, 2013

This piece originally appeared on newstatesman.com. 

Cupid's Cursor
We're still trying to convince ourselves that online dating is OK
February 14, 2013

Does online dating make romance more democratic—or does it just invite us to discriminate more precisely?

The Prose and the Passion
July 13, 2010

A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster By Wendy Moffat (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 404 pp., $32.50) Concerning E.M. Forster By Frank Kermode (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 180 pp., $24) Whenever E.M. Forster is discussed, the phrase “only connect” is sure to come up sooner or later. The epigraph to Howards End, the book he described with typical modesty as “my best novel and approaching a good novel,” seems to capture the leading idea of all his work—the moral importance of connection between individuals, across the barriers of race, class, and nation.

The Prose and the Passion
July 13, 2010

A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster By Wendy Moffat (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 404 pp., $32.50) Concerning E.M. Forster By Frank Kermode (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 180 pp., $24) Whenever E.M. Forster is discussed, the phrase “only connect” is sure to come up sooner or later. The epigraph to Howards End, the book he described with typical modesty as “my best novel and approaching a good novel,” seems to capture the leading idea of all his work—the moral importance of connection between individuals, across the barriers of race, class, and nation.