Against “Against Love”

I picked up “Against Love: A Polemic”, by Laura Kipnis, thinking that it was about my favorite topic of the moment: the artificiality and meaninglessness of the concept of “love” as our society defines it. Instead, it’s a vapid, repetitive, overblown, overwritten critique of monogamy and marriage—a worthy topic, but not one I needed to read 250 pages of her hyperthyroidal prose about.

Kipnis can’t even figure out where she wants to come down on the whole issue. On one page, she seems to think it’s real funny that people horse around and destroy their marriages; then on the next, she suddenly switches over to criticizing the stupid things people do to make marriage fail. Which is it, Laura?

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