DISCUSSION: Kipnis & This American Life

In Laura Kipnis’s polemic, she describes love as a series of prohibitions and, generally, “work.” In Dan Savage’s section of the “Monogamy” podcast, “Love and Happiness,” he discusses the rules non-monogamous couples employ to make things “work.” Consider the way both of these texts navigate the relationship between “love” and “work.”


How does Laura Kipnis define love? How do you? Why?

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