The Power of the Image

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21 June 2009

I’m intrigued by Cristina Nehring’s book, A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century, which, according to reviewer Katie Roiphe is a “celebration of the wilder, messier connections” throughout the history of great romances.  Nehring “sees our modern goals of marriage, security, and comfort as limited and sad.”

But could there be an ickier, less appealing image for Roiphe’s Sunday Book Review piece?  (shudder, goosebumps, ick) 

 

Nehring NYT

 

If the essence of the book is truly captured in this image, then it’s enough to turn me off completely from purchasing the book, and possibly from the content itself.  I surprise myself with this reaction.  I wonder if any other NYT readers have had a similar gut response.

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