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Love, The Thing Called Love

y Lauren Slater
Photographs by Jodi Cobb
Opening photograph (above) by Pablo Corral Vega
Scientists say that the brain chemistry of infatuation is akin to mental illness—which gives new meaning to "madly in love."

Get a taste of what awaits you in print from this compelling excerpt.

In the Western world we have for centuries concocted poems and stories and plays about the cycles of love, the way it morphs and changes over time, the way passion grabs us by our flung-back throats and then leaves us for something saner. If Dracula—the frail woman, the sensuality of submission—reflects how we understand the passion of early romance, the Flintstones reflects our experiences of long-term love: All is gravel and somewhat silly, the song so familiar you can't stop singing it, and when you do, the emptiness is almost unbearable.



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