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Modern Romance

Modern Romance
 

The acclaimed comedian teams up with a New York University sociologist to explore the nature of modern relationships, evaluating how technology is shaping contemporary relationships and considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.

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ISBN 9781594206276
Barcode 9781594206276
Published 16 June 2015 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Ansari, Aziz
Contributions by Klinenberg, Eric
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ISBN-13 9781594206276
ISBN-10 1594206279
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Press
Publication Date 16 June 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Ansari, Aziz
Contributions by Klinenberg, Eric
Category Family & Other Relationships: General
Humour
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 590g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Popular culture, Dating (Social customs), Interpersonal relations
NBS Text Humour: Collections & General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 646.77
Catalogue Code 588035

Description of this Book

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation's most popular and sharpest comedic voices At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated? Some of our problems are unique to our time. Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza? Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?! My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who's Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure? But the transformation of our romantic lives can't be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate. For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world's leading social scientists, including Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we've seen before. In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Steve Levitt, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Freakonomics Always-hilarious Aziz Ansari proves you can be smart and funny at the same time. Not only did I laugh my ass off, I really learned stuff. Where was this book when I was 22 years old? Dave Eggers, author of Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?: Modern Romance is just like Aziz Ansari himself--charming, thoughtful, reasonable, and able to distill the madness of the world into something both sane and wildly funny. Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation It's the voices that will have you reading this remarkable book in one sitting! The voices of old people who married someone who lived in their apartment building or the building next door and the voices of the young people who check out hundreds of romantic possibilities a night, with so much choice that choice becomes impossible. And then there is the voice of Ansari himself, funny, of course, but also deeply compassionate. For after a year of surveying romance across the planet, he finds that all the apps in the world leave us with this human truth: you have to spend time with a person to figure out, face-to-face, if they're the one. And perhaps, just perhaps, it's the fact of spending time that makes them the one. We nurture what we love and we love what we nurture! This book defines serious fun. Helen Fisher, author of Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love: Ansari and Klinenberg elegantly capture the entirely new ways that singles communicate, court, and find love today. Modern Romance is a captivating read, with deep insight into history, science, and culture, and loads of wit and charm. Along the way, you may even collect some valuable tips for finding a soul mate.

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Author's Bio

Aziz Ansari is a writer, stand-up comedian, and actor. He currently stars in, writes, and directs his own original series for Netflix--Master of None--winner of the 2016 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series. Ansari is also the winner of a 2016 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. In 2014, Ansari became the seventh comedian ever to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York. His two sold-out performances at the legendary arena were filmed for his fourth comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, which was released in March of 2015 on Netflix. For seven seasons, he starred as Tom Haverford on the beloved NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation with Amy Poehler and other great people. He has also appeared in several films including This Is the End, Funny People, and 30 Minutes or Less. He enjoys eating fresh pasta and watching multiple hours of critically acclaimed television dramas in one sitting. Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology at NYU. He's the author of Going Solo (Penguin Press) and has contributed to The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and This American Life.

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