A Passionate Defense of Love


Writer, essayist, and critic Cristina Nehring says we’ve gotten romance all wrong.

Modern-day love is a “poor and shrunken thing,” she writes. “Defused and discredited” and “cause for embarrassment,” she says. And it’s time to look back for inspiration.

From Plato to Emily Dickinson, she takes us on a passionate tour of what love was, what love can be. It’s ok to yearn. It’s ok to take risks. It’s ok to lose. It’s time to reclaim our wild side and learn how to fulfill our romantic needs.

This hour, On Point: Cristina’s Nehring and “A Vindication of Love.”

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Cristina Nehring joins us from Paris, France. A critic and essayist, she has written for numerous publications, among them Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New York Times Book Review, and The Los Angeles Times. Her new book is “A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century.”

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