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The Unhappiest Two: The Impossible Demand in Ingmar Bergman's 'Scenes from a Marriage'

Kierkegaard's existential rumination on our impossible relation to an incommensurable and unknowable God informs much of Bergman's work, and most certainly Scenes from a Marriage.

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'Loving', An Urgent Work of Compelling Quietude

Loving is particularly resonant at a time when many in America may feel as if their own inherent rights are on shaky ground.

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On Being Up a Creek with Only a Paddle

Love Is a Canoe is about how people in love will latch onto any floating bit of debris to salvage their sinking relationships.

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'Astray' Fastens on the Emigrant, the Traveler, the Individual Who Leaves Home

To be a traveler is to encounter ethical complications, an ever-shifting line of self-definition—Donoghue cites preserving one’s accent—and the realities of being an outsider. There are the transgressions only made possible by distance: sexual, moral, legal.

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On the Road, with Child: 'Nine Months'

Paula Bomer takes Brooklyn's sanctimonious Scared Mommy Culture head-on with bluntly brave, often hilarious writing.

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Hitting Close to Home: Relating to Catherine's "Family Values"

What's worse than enduring Catherine's selfish, unlikeable characters? The fact that I found myself relating to them.

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The Taming of the Dude: ‘Catherine’ and the Sex Comedy

Much of the driving force of Catherine’s ethics seems to be traditionally moralistic, given its consideration of marriage as the only real means of “taming the dude.”

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'Mr. Peanut': Malice in Marriage

Mr. Peanut never truly takes off: it merely stays mired in the failings of marriage without anything resembling an in-depth look at why some people are so unhappy in their unions.

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I Heart My In-Laws by Dina Koutas Poch

Poch's book has as much for those who like their in-laws as those who don't.

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