‘Love’, Scientists say that the brain chemistry of infatuation is akin to mental illness—which gives new meaning to ‘madly in love’, by Lauren Slater

My husband and I got married at eight in the morning. It was winter, freezing, the trees encased in ice and a few lone blackbirds balancing on telephone wires. We were in our early 30s, considered ourselves hip and cynical, the types who decried the institution of marriage even as we sought its status. During our wedding brunch we put out a big suggestion box … Continue reading ‘Love’, Scientists say that the brain chemistry of infatuation is akin to mental illness—which gives new meaning to ‘madly in love’, by Lauren Slater

Joy, Zadie Smith, 2012

Children — as many a parent has realised — are a joy, but not always a pleasure. In this essay that ranges through the many experiences of adulthood (you know: taking ecstasy in nightclubs; being so carelessly in love the thought of breaking an ankle seems a trifle; becoming a parent) the incomparable Zadie Smith puzzles over the differences between joy — which she describes as a … Continue reading Joy, Zadie Smith, 2012

Waldo Jeffers and Marsha Bronson Pt.I

Waldo Jeffers and Marsha Bronson stumbled into a relationship after a series of coincidences that some would describe as destiny. He was in blissful awe of Marsha whom he believed was ethereal and angelic. She was unaffected by the relationship and merely had few glimmers of affection for him.  Marsha was fairly cautious in how their relationship progressed as she was far more focused on … Continue reading Waldo Jeffers and Marsha Bronson Pt.I