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Romance Unplugged with Daniel Jones

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The editor of the New York Times column “Modern Love,” and the author of Love Illuminated, a new collection of essays about marriage and relationships, Daniel Jones reflects on the diversity—and common threads—of human connection.In the introduction of your book you say, “Love is about curiosity, not certainty.” After nearly a decade of reading other people’s essays about their relationships, what are you still most curious about?My wife and I started this column together, and she’s always been most interested in reading accounts similar to her own situation. I’m exactly the opposite. I like to read stories that are completely different from my life, about people who fall in love and conquer incredible obstacles. How does a relationship survive when a husband tells his wife he wants to go through gender reassignment? Why does a woman fall in love with a man she knows has HIV/AIDS and stick by him?Is there anything you can say about love, with complete certainty?Yes. Love requires you to be vulnerable. I see so many people trying to take shortcuts, especially enabled by technology. Online dating makes yo …

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