Tag: Love (Emotion)

Tiny Love Stories: ‘It Was Unsettling to Find Myself Still Single at 36’

More Than I Imagined My son’s first love, at 15, was not what I imagined for him. She came from a family scarred by drug abuse and poverty. At 16, she got her G.E.D. and worked nights. He rode the bus to school. It won’t last, I thought. At 17, she got pregnant, and I […]

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What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage

To celebrate Modern Love’s 15th anniversary this month, we are publishing a series of special features — three “classic” essays from the column’s early years and four conversations with writers whose stories were adapted for the television series that begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video Oct. 18. This week, we reprise Amy Sutherland’s viral sensation […]

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What’s Modern Love?

Since 2004, Modern Love has brought personal essays about relationships to readers of The New York Times. You can: Sign up for Love Letter, our weekly newsletter about the highs, lows and woes of relationships, to learn first when something’s new. Most recently, eight of these stories have served as the inspiration for episodes of […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘She Is Not a Mistake’

He Tried So Hard to Remember Me When my 61-year-old father learned he had Alzheimer’s, we went to CVS together and bought the largest stack of notecards they sold. I asked, “What’s the town where you grew up?” We wrote Union Springs, Ala. I asked, “Who was your first kiss?” Amanda. Four years later, preparing […]

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The Gift of the Missing Men

I am the daughter of a “holiday man,” a term my grandmother used to describe three generations of our family’s absentee fathers who, like clockwork, would return around Christmas before disappearing again to whereabouts unknown. Back when I was coming-of-age and grappling with the absence of my own father, my grandfather, a former holiday man, […]

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Cats Like People! (Some People, Anyway)

In the perennial battle over dogs and cats, there’s a clear public relations winner. Dogs are man’s best friend. They’re sociable, faithful and obedient. Our relationship with cats, on the other hand, is often described as more transactional. Aloof, mysterious and independent, cats are with us only because we feed them. Or maybe not. On […]

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New Hope, New Pain, Same Old Divorce

One of the last things I did before leaving the home we had made together was pull the five-foot portrait of our faces out of the closet. What is one supposed to do with oversized portraiture in the event of adversity? The picture was a gift, bestowed by network executives when we became the first […]

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‘Giovanni’s Room’ Revisited

Nobody wanted it. Certainly not the folks at Alfred A. Knopf, who published his first novel, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” in 1953. Back then, the young James Baldwin — he was just 28 when “Mountain” came out — had a protector named William Cole, who was Knopf’s publicity director. Always on the lookout […]

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