Love and Relationships

All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.


Bears Do It

New Yorker staff writer David Owen explores some reasons why panda bears living in captivity have problems reproducing.

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Love and Money

The two most common reasons for a relationship to fail are money issues and communication problems. Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary posits the problem is usually a fusion of the two—a lack of communication about financial matters—and offers suggestions to avoid a potential relationship disaster.

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Love Thy PlayStation, Love Thyself

Writers Reihan Salam and Will Wilkinson use humor as they compare a spouse to a PS3, looking at the economic ramifications of both.

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Men, According to Prostitutes

Reporter Chinki Sinha describes the lives of women who work in a red-light district in Mumbai, India.

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The Most Delicious Love of All

Although foodie Claire Berger entertains the idea of dating men, in this essay she explains that her current relationship is with food.

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On the Pleasure of Hating

In this nineteeth century essay, writer William Hazlitt argues that hatred of others is at bottom hatred of self.

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Parenting and Heart Attacks

Writer Abby Sher, a 40-year-old mother, writes about her young daughter learning to deal with death.

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Same Love [Video]

In the video for the song "Same Love," hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis argue for marriage equality.

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To Siri, with Love: How One Boy with Autism Became BFF with Apple’s Siri

Judith Newman, Gus's mother, movingly demonstrates that modern interactions via technology aren't all bad.

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Upon Some Verses of Virgil

Michel de Montaigne, writing in the seventeenth century, expands upon eros and marriage and other human problems.

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You Are Ready to Find Her

In the process of giving up her child for adoption, Leigh Anne Tani reflects on her own adoption into a family.

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