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And in the books I'm reading category (or re-reading, to be precise): Against Love: A Polemic might be one of the best books I've ever read. Laura Kipnis wrote the book I would write, if I'd thought of it first, and were as talented as she is. Against Love is an exploration of how our concept of committed, monogamous, life-long love is a cultural tool used to, er, well, keep us in line in a capitalist system. She argues for the need to re-imagine love and relationships in ways that are less limiting, less structured, and less difficult. And she does it all in a hilarious, deadpan, and sparklingly brilliant voice. This is one of those books that challenges your preconceptions, forces you to look at things from multiple other angles, and inspires you to revolutionize your own daily life, and all of this with irony and wit. I could read this over and over, and strongly recommend it to everyone who likes to look at the world a bit upside for awhile.

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Written by laura k

August 9, 2007 at 3:42 pm

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