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Desire’s story of loss and longing is threaded with moments of hope, like a ‘dangerous but invigorating’ ocean swim. Mickael Gresset/Unsplash

Sex, ‘skin hunger’ and problematic men: Jessie Cole’s memoir investigates desire after trauma

Jessie Cole’s memoir traces a love affair: a long-distance relationship with an unnamed, older lover. It’s set against layers of thinking about love, desire, bodies and ecological disaster.
IRCC should rethink how to protect our chosen families and value the interdependence inherent to couples as much as the independence cherished in friendship. (Joshua Sazon/Unsplash)

Canadian immigration: We sponsor spouses — why not friends?

Canada’s immigration system should accept our chosen families and unconventional forms of love, such as friends with deep bonds.
Evolutionary psychology may explain why magical thinking is so central to love. Viva Luna Studios via Unsplash

Why does love feel magical? It’s an evolutionary advantage

It’s not logical to believe your relationship is “meant to be.” But believing in destined love may have evolved as a way to keep couples together long enough to reproduce and raise children.
A part of the fresco “Triumph of Galatea,” created by Raphael around 1512 for the Villa Farnesina in Rome. Art Images via Getty Images

What the mythical Cupid can teach us about the meaning of love and desire

A scholar of early Greek classics explains what the myth of the weapon-carrying god of love, Cupid, a child of the gods of love and war, conveys about the pleasures and dangers of desire.

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