Against Love by Laura Kipnis
A Polemic

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Who would dream of being against love? No one.

Love is, as everyone knows, a mysterious and all-controlling force, with vast power over our thoughts and life decisions.

But is there something a bit worrisome about all this uniformity of opinion? Is this the one subject about which no disagreement will be entertained, about which one truth alone is permissible? Consider that the most powerful organized religions produce the occasional heretic; every ideology has its apostates; even sacred cows find their butchers. Except for love.

Hence the necessity for a polemic against it. A polemic is designed to be the prose equivalent of a small explosive device placed under your E-Z-Boy lounger. It won’t injure you (well not severely); it’s just supposed to shake things up and rattle a few convictions.

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About Laura Kipnis

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Laura Kipnis is a professor of media studies at Northwestern University. She has received fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has published many essays and articles on sexual politics and contemporary culture both here and abroad.
Published January 16, 2009 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Deliberately provocative arguments, by cultural critic Kipnis (Bound and Gagged, 1996, etc.) wittily demonstrates that love might not be such a many-splendored thing.

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Kipnis is often most funny when at her most provocative ("Feel free to take a second to mull this over, or to make a quick call: 'Hi hon, just checking in!' "), but even her moments of sarcastic humor can have a sobering effect, as when Kipnis considers the reasons behind the public's obsessive ...

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National Review Online

Over at Slate, the new anti-marriage, anti-monogamy, pro-adultery book by Laura Kipnis, Against Love, was yesterday’s featured story.

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