LOVE STINKS - Brooklyn Paper


Just in time to buoy the spirits of fellow
holiday season grinches, Manhattan author Laura Kipnis will read
from her book, "Against Love: A Polemic" at the Brooklyn
Public Library’s Central Library on Saturday.

Kipnis is always provocative and often laugh-out-loud funny in
her attempts to persuade the reader that love is a social construct
and Americans have been brainwashed with disastrous consequences
(skyrocketing divorce rates, infidelity, domestic abuse, etc.).

"Why bother to make marriage compulsory when informal compulsions
work so well that even gays – once such paragons of unregulated
sexuality, once so contemptuous of whitebread hetero lifestyles
– are now demanding state regulation too?," writes Kipnis.
"What about re-envisioning the form; rethinking the premises?
What about insisting that social resources and privileges not
be allocated on the basis of marital status? No, let’s demand

Published in September in a new stocking-sized paperback by Vintage
Books, Kipnis’ book is still large enough to ignite a large family
conflagration. Giver beware.

Kipnis seamlessly weaves in loads of sources (note the five-page
bibliography) to back up her controversial theme. Read cautiously
– she might convince you, too.

Kipnis will read from her book at the Central Library’s second
floor auditorium on Dec. 4 at 2 pm. (The Central Library is located
at Grand Army Plaza.) For more information, call (718) 230-2100
or visit the Web site at www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

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