Looking for love these days isn’t for the faint of heart. From TMI selfies to parsing out the inner meaning of drunk texts, you could be forgiven if you’d like to skip the whole thing and just devote your life to good works. You are not alone.
Comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) has teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg to provide a unique look at Modern Romance (June). The two interviewed hundreds of people; conducted focus groups from Tokyo and Buenos Aires to Wichita, Kans.; analyzed behavioral data and surveys; and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They also spoke to some of the world’s leading social scientists, such as Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. Result? A book that is hilarious but also deeply serious about what it takes to find love these days—and keep it.
Aziz helps you find love today in the Special Events Hall, 4:15–5:15 p.m., where he will be interviewed by Daniel Jones, editor of the New York Times’s “Modern Love” column.
This article appeared in the May 30, 2015 edition of PW BookCon Daily.