A charming illustrated chronicle of people falling in and out of love, on bikes, from iconic French cartoonist Sempé.
“I just love as much as I did when I landed into your disappointed arms, that means with my whole self and all my dirty heart; I cannot do less.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir
“The useless days will add up to something….These things are your becoming.”
When an anonymous advice columnist by the name of “Dear Sugar” introduced herself on The Rumpus on March 11, 2010, she made her proposition clear: a “by-the-book common sense of Dear Abby and the earnest spiritual cheesiness of Cary Tennis and the butt-pluggy irreverence of Dan Savage and the closeted Upper East Side nymphomania of Miss Manners.” But in the two-some years that followed, she proceeded to deliver something tenfold punchier, more honest, more existentially profound than even such an intelligently irreverent promise could foretell.
A formidably research, absorbing, eloquent account of how, contrary to the modern mythology of the 1960s, today’s permissive sexual behavior first developed, seemingly suddenly, some three hundred years earlier, in 17th-century Western Europe. What emerges is a new lens for understanding the Enlightenment as a cultural phenomenon, by connecting this critical sexual transformation to the intellectual, political, and social forces that shaped the period.
“Now I come to you full of future. And from habit we begin to live our past.”
Rilke’s love letters to and from the Russian-born writer, intellectual, psychoanalyst, and “muse of Europe’s fin-de-siècle thinkers and artists” Lou Andreas-Salomé, a remarkable correspondence spanning more than 30 years.
Writer and lawyer Eric Berkowitz explores the millennia-long quest to regulate and mandate one of the strongest drivers of human behavior, and the tragic deformities that result from the dictatorship of external authority over the most intimate of inner realities. Tracing how we went from the male bonding ceremonies commonly performed in medieval Mediterranean churches to the lesbian executions in 18th-century Germany, along the entire spectrum of cultural attitudes towards mistresses, goat-lovers, prostitutes, medieval transvestites, adulterers, and other sexual norm nonconformists, Berkowitz brings an eye-opening lens to one the most mercilessly judged yet universal aspects of being human.
“Love is letting him win even though you know you could slaughter him.”
“Love is sharing your popcorn.”
“Love is standing in a doorway just to see her if she comes walking by.”
“Love is being happy knowing that she’s happy… but that isn’t so easy.”
The Peanuts gang defines love through the simple acts and moments of everyday life, 1965.
Since 2009, illustrator extraordinaire Sophie Blackall has been capturing Craigslist missed connections in her delightful illustrations and unmistakable style of Chinese ink and watercolor, brimming with charm, romanticism and soft whimsy. Here, she collects the best of these poetic visual what-if love stories, each told in a shorthand “missed connection” ranging from the lyrical (I Gave You My Umbrella but the Wrong Directions) to the warm-and-fuzzy (We Shared a Bear Suit) to the shared love of the tragicomic (Ice Skating in Central Park We Collided).
See some of the beautiful illustrations at the link.
This exceptional volume gathers 650 meticulously selected and annotated letters exchanged between one of the most prominent couples in art history, photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) and legendary artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), who over the course of their 30-year romance exchanged more than 5,000 letters — roughly 25,000 pages — on everything from the rich detail of their daily lives to the breathless angels and demons of their passion.
What the porcupine dilemma made famous by German philosopher Schopenhauer can teach us about intimacy and happiness.
Fantastic 1963 story by The Phantom Tollbooth creator Norton Juster about a straight line who falls in love with a dot. Click through to watch the wonderful 10-minuted animated film by Chuck Jones based on the book.
Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher studies the evolution of human emotions and the intricacies of the brain in — and on — love, exploring the science of love without losing a sense of romance and shedding light on some of the complex ways in which the brain and the heart diverge.
A truly unique, in the most uncontrived sense of the word, project exploring love, memory, and time through 43 schematic diagrams drawn from old books and paired with poetic text that gleans new meaning from the geometric forms.
Virginia Woolf’s 1927 letter to English poet Vita Sackville-West, with whom Woolf had fallen madly in love.
On New Year’s Eve 1969, Monica Searle was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. Experimental at the time, chemotherapy — the course of action Monica’s doctor recommended — was a leap of faith. After each treatment, her husband Ronald made Monica a Mrs. Mole drawing “to cheer every dreaded chemotherapy session and evoke the blissful future ahead.”