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This Week in Books: Ron Rosenbaum, In Defense of Love

This Week in Books: Ron Rosenbaum, In Defense of Love

A new book argues that love has been “stolen away from the poets.” Glasshouse Images / Getty August 25, 2023, 11:27 AM ET This is an edition of the revamped Books Briefing, our editors’ weekly guide to the best in books. Sign up for it here. Enormous developments in neuroscience over the past two decades have allowed researchers to peer into the human mind as never before. But it’s not always comfortable to learn about the mechanistic workings of our emotions. Certain feelings that were once endowed with as much mythology and fascination as the ancients granted the waxing and waning of the moon are now understood to be simple chemical reactions in the brain. Love, in particular, has inspired a lot of recent curiosity from scientists (more than half of the research papers about romantic love since 1953 are from the past 10 years) and defensiveness from those who don’t want this most human and effervescent of sentiments pinned like a butterfly to a board. First, here are three new stories from The Atlantic’s …