What happens when a man and woman promise to love one another until death do them part? Well, that depends on how they define that little word “love.” Psychologist Elizabeth Krumrei Mancuso and Attorney Bradley J. Mancuso reflect on the meaning of love in marriage.
"When someone experiences desire as a cosmic force, he makes the flattering assumption that he has such a capacious, dynamic sensibility that his ardor must originate in something larger and deeper and more important than does the love of the other ninety-nine percent of mortals." Mark Bauerlein on rationalizing lust with transcendent eros.
Matthew Lee Anderson unravels love, betrayal, friendship, and repentence as found in the rarely performed Shakespearean play Two Gentlemen of Verona.
"Of all the “Hallmark holidays” we mark with a flurry of commercial sentimentalities, red roses, and more sugar than anyone needs, Valentine’s Day may be the smarmiest. I’m aware that there’s some risk in opening an essay on such a curmudgeonly note; it comes from a certain longing I feel each year to meet the challenge of Valentine’s Day with something that contributes authentically to deepening real love relationships that seem so inadequately celebrated by chocolates and dinner reservations."