LAURA KIPNIS is a cultural critic and former video artist. The author of seven previous books, her writing has also appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, Slate, The Atlantic, Harper's, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. Kipnis is a professor at Northwestern University, where she teaches filmmaking.
"Riveting about what we have used the pandemic to do to, and for,
ourselves Kipnis's book is genuinely enlivening about a terrible
thing. This may be just the kind of wit and wisdom we need to do
more than merely survive our bad times."
-Adam Phillips, author of Attention Seeking
"Cultural critic and essayist Kipnis explores how Covid-19 and the socio-economic turbulence of the recent years have reshaped concepts of dating, love, sex, and interpersonal closeness...In this witty four-essay collection, she explores how the pandemic, in tandem with such preexisting crises as political polarization, accelerating economic disparities, and racial and sexual injustice, has permanently altered intimate relationships . . . Fearless and sharply observed, this book suggests that future post-pandemic challenges will have less to do with its biological legacy to humanity and more to do with the impact of a virus on interpersonal closeness. Provocative and darkly humorous."