November 13, 2017
Recent family-related news included an interview with the founder of Family Romance, a Japanese company that fills holes in your personal life, a humorous look at questions that can lead you into marital strife, a study of how men and women use different words when writing about love, a look at an “unmarried” couple that is still very much married, and finally a photo essay of 10 diverse couples.
How to Hire Fake Friends and Family Roc Morin, The Atlantic, November 7, 2017 In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance. His 8-year-old company, Family Romance, provides professional actors to fill any role in the personal lives of clients. With a burgeoning staff of 800 or so actors, ranging from infants to the elderly, the organization prides itself on being able to provide a surrogate for almost any conceivable situation.”
The 13 Questions That Lead to Divorce Craig Baldo, The New York Times, November 7, 2017 First, grab someone you hope to someday divorce. Choose anyone. Oh, hey, how about the person next to you in bed clipping their toenails and eating leftover kimchi with their hands? They seem “super-divorceable.
The Words Men and Women Use When they Write About Love Josh Katz, Claire Cain Miller & Kathleen A. Flynn, The New York Times, November 7, 2017| When writing about love, men are more likely to write about sex, and women about marriage. Women write more about feelings, men about actions…Even as gender roles have merged and same-sex romance has become more accepted, men and women still speak different languages when they talk about love.
On the Path to Empathy, Some Forks in the Road| David Finch, The New York Times, November 7, 2017 A few months before our 11th anniversary, my wife, Kristen, marched into the bathroom… and told me that our marriage was over… over the next two years, the practical parts of this setup became clear. The most serious change…was learning to release the expectation that, as spouses, we should be responsible for the other’s happiness.
What Love Looks Like Valeriya Safronova & Daniel Arnold, The New York Times, November 11, 2017 The New York Times set out to find couples in New York who would be willing to have their photo taken and to answer some personal questions. Here are ten couples who agreed.
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