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May 04, 2016
Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” And The Fertility Of Forgiveness
I'm at First Things, reviewing Beyoncé's visual album "Lemonade," which does a remarkable job telling a...
April 19, 2016
When a Wedding Guide Leaves Out The Wedding Night
I'm at First Things, covering the unexpected gap I've found in the wedding planning books...
September 03, 2015
A Good Marriage Isn’t A Mutual Admiration Society
In the middle of a column on married couples ineptly supporting single friends, Sara Eckel...
February 26, 2015
Can’t I Love You Into Being Happy?
When Ellery Weil guest posted yesterday on The Last 5 Years and the demanding kind of...
February 19, 2015
Asking a Lover for Too-Limited Support
When I hosted a party to watch The Last 5 Years, one of my guests tried...
January 22, 2015
When Discerning, Fewer Relationships are “Failed” Ones
Ilana Yurkiewicz explained, as a doctor, how she has to make an active effort to...
January 08, 2015
Throwing Spaghetti at the Modern Dating Wall
I've been seeing a fair amount in my feeds (both RSS and social media) about...
January 07, 2015
Struggling to Offer an Open House
I picked up Robert Farrar Capon's Bed and Board: Plain Talk About Marriage after reading Melanie's...
November 25, 2014
“Safety” is a Piss-Poor Pitch for Chastity
A recent First Things post aimed to arm its readers with a positive case for chastity, one...
November 12, 2014
Interviewing Eve Tushnet on Vocations of Love
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of doing a Q&A with Eve Tushnet, author of Gay...
November 11, 2014
Falling in Love with the World through the Eyes of the Beloved
There's an interesting piece of research going around on what makes relationships grow and deepen...
October 02, 2014
Writing Relationships into a Corner
Earlier this week, I was chatting with a friend about A.O. Scott's big piece on...
September 23, 2014
If Someone Put Me in Charge of Yenta-ing You All…
Prompted by our discussion of modern dating, PEG has offered his thoughts on how to...
September 15, 2014
Nice Guys and Casual Dates [Sequence Index]
In the Fall, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of... friendzoning? In September...
September 14, 2014
The Loves We Need From Other People
Apropos of our discussion of friendship, romance, and the very confusing boundaries and barriers between...
September 11, 2014
Nice Guys, Conjoined Twins, and Starving for Love
I want to return to one specific point made in the Ben Conroy piece on...
September 10, 2014
More Reasons to Encourage Casual Dating
Ben Conroy (who recently joined the Patheos Catholic channel at Shadows on the Road) has...
September 04, 2014
Nice Guys and Failed Tries
ETA: Given the topic of the post and the tenor of some of the comments...
August 23, 2014
Why is it easier to ask out strangers than friends?
In the midst of delivering a well-deserved rebuttal to extreme courtship culture, Thomas Umstattd mentions...
July 28, 2014
A Poisonous Portrait of Partnership
In a coda to my series on Lewis, Sondheim, and friendship, I'm back at The American...
July 24, 2014
Missing Facets of a Friendship
This post is one in a series on friendship, explored through the lenses of Stephen...
June 03, 2014
Christ’s Loyal Widows [Pope Francis Bookclub]
In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on...
May 22, 2014
Putting the Casual Back in Casual Dating
Boston College students have been signing up for a class on dating, using it as...
May 22, 2014
Designing Emotional Contraception
Over at The American Conservative, I'm discussing a bioethicist who's done a literature review to find...
May 01, 2014
Praying with Viola’s Firm Resolve
Ross Douthat and PEG have been having a back and forth over the possibility of...
March 19, 2014
What Are Shakespeare’s Lovers Talking About?
I don't have any strong opinions yet about Nate Silver's revamped FiveThirtyEight, but, on their...
February 25, 2014
The Cost of Fetishizing Marriage
PEG has a great essay up on the odd way our culture has settled into...
February 15, 2014
St. Valentine and Pope Francis
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Relevant Radio for the St....
November 13, 2013
Knock Knock. Who’s There? A Wedding… I think
The NYT Weddings section recently reported on a new trend for marriage officiants: marketing themselves for their...
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Highly Speculative Love Affairs
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