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Love in the Time of Contagion

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Love in the Time of Contagion by Laura Kipnis
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Feb 08, 2022 | ISBN 9780593316283

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“Readers who crave that warm feeling of being taken into someone’s confidence will also find a lot to like in Laura Kipnis’s Love in the Time of Contagion: A Diagnosis.”
The Washington Post

 “Love in the Time of Contagion is shot through with Kipnis’ ample comic talent. As a satirist and commiserator she has few equals these days.”

“Smooth, lovely stuff, aching for whole chapters, then bracingly mystical, and finally earthy and real.”
The Chicago Tribune

[Love in the Time of Contagion] is perfectly equidistant between riff and investigation. It’s hard to think of anyone else who would cover, in such a short span, the #MeToo movement, H.I.V. crisis pamphlets, Rodney Dangerfield, Jung, Eugene Ionesco, Reddit, Kafka and a 2010 supernatural horror movie about a guy haunted by his astral-projecting son.”
The New York Times

“Riveting about what we have used the pandemic to do to, and for, ourselves Kipnis’s book is genuinely enlivening about a terrible thing. This may be just the kind of wit and wisdom we need to do more than merely survive our bad times.”
Adam Phillips, author of Attention Seeking

“Through interviews with friends, colleagues, experts, and students, Kipnis searches for answers in a time when everything everyone ever knew about love, sex, and romance is called into question. By tapping into the Zoom-fueled zeitgeist, Kipnis brings an ironic perspective to this most intimate of subjects. Disarmingly honest, voyeuristically campy, Kipnis’ discussion of COVID-19-influenced coupledom is both witty and wise.” 
Booklist (starred review)

“Cultural critic and essayist Kipnis explores how Covid-19 and the socio-economic turbulence of the recent years have reshaped concepts of dating, love, sex, and interpersonal closeness…In this witty four-essay collection, she explores how the pandemic, in tandem with such preexisting crises as political polarization, accelerating economic disparities, and racial and sexual injustice, has permanently altered intimate relationships . . . Fearless and sharply observed, this book suggests that future post-pandemic challenges will have less to do with its biological legacy to humanity and more to do with the impact of a virus on interpersonal closeness. Provocative and darkly humorous.”
Kirkus Reviews

Table Of Contents

1. Love and Extinction 3

2. Vile Bodies: Heterosexuality and Its Discontents 55

3. Love on the Rocks: “Codependency”and Its Vicissitudes 105

4. Love and Chaos 151

Coda: Antibodies 193

Acknowledgments 209

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