Tag: Modern Love (Times Column)

Tiny Love Stories: ‘How to Survive a Broken Heart (With Pictures)’

When a Chandelier Falls on Your Head All I ever wanted was a dog, but Carlito was allergic and unmovable. I married him anyway, certain that love would prevail. One night while eating with friends in a Manhattan restaurant, a 50-pound chandelier broke out of the ceiling, partly striking my head. I bled; he wept. […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘She Was on Top of Me in the 3 a.m. Darkness’

Six Pies. One Acrylic Nail. When I remember my mother, I think of Thanksgiving: a sweltering kitchen, flour coated counters, piercing laughter through coffee-stained teeth and pies galore. I think of one year when — after hours of work involving every fruit imaginable — my mother noticed she had lost a chipped acrylic nail. It […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘We Kissed Behind the Clothing Donation Bin’

Finding a Date in Divorce Group In Massachusetts, if you’re divorcing and have children under 18, you must complete a parenting program. For five Wednesday nights, my friend and I were buzzed into the local middle school, where we sat at small desks among other newly single parents: the crying blonde in scrubs, the angry […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘She Was Too Cool to Wear a Costume’

Opposites, Trying to Attract Thirteen years into our friendship, when we were finally both single, Angie and I met for a screening of “Harold and Maude” in San Francisco’s Dolores Park. I waited at her door wearing a faux-leather miniskirt, a midriff-bearing top and platform boots. She came out in a button-down shirt, a tie, […]

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25 Modern Love Essays to Read if You Want to Laugh, Cringe and Cry

New to Modern Love? These 25 essays should provide a good introduction. You’ll find some of our most read and most shared of all time, and others that really got readers talking (and tweeting, and sharing). We present, in no particular order, the quirky, the profound, the head scratching and the heartbreaking. (A handful of […]

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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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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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Miriam Shor Reads ‘My Platonic Romance on the Psych Ward’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher “No touching!” the nurses would scream whenever Jeannie Vanasco got too close to her friend and fellow patient, Anita. Despite strict regulations limiting their contact, Ms. Vanasco and Anita were able to develop a strong relationship […]

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Marsha Stephanie Blake Reads ‘Despite the Losses, So Much Gained’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Leah Keith’s relationship with Dude was not an obvious one. Luckily, neither she nor Dude liked the obvious. On this week’s Modern Love podcast, the actress Marsha Stephanie Blake reads Ms. Keith’s surprising essay, “Despite the […]

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