What’s Modern Love?

What’s Modern Love?

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For 15 years, Modern Love has brought personal essays about love, loss and redemption to readers of The New York Times. Four years ago, it became a podcast. And now the column has inspired an eight-episode series on Amazon Prime Video.

You can read the original essays that the episodes are based on here:

  • “When the Doorman Is Your Main Man” (2015) by Julie Margaret Hogben

  • “When Cupid Is a Prying Journalist” (2015) by Deborah Copaken

  • “Take Me as I Am, Whoever I Am” (2008) by Terri Cheney

  • “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive” (2013) by Ann Leary

  • “At the Hospital, an Interlude of Clarity” (2014) by Brian Gittis

  • “So He Looked Like Dad. It Was Just Dinner, Right?” (2006) by Abby Sher

  • “The Race Grows Sweeter Near Its Final Lap” (2013) by Eve Pell

(They are also available, along with dozens of others, in our recently published Modern Love anthology.)

Once you’ve read the essays and watched the episodes, you may ask yourself: What’s happened since? Where is the author now? How is the author now?

So I interviewed four of the people whose essays inspired episodes, seeking answers. You can read those interviews here:

  • Q&A with Deborah Copaken, author of “When Cupid Is a Prying Journalist”

  • Q&A with Terri Cheney, author of “Take Me as I Am, Whoever I Am”

  • Q&A with Ann Leary, author of “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive”

  • Q&A with Julie Margaret Hogben, author of “When the Doorman Is Your Main Man”

Then, if you’d like to check out a sampler of Modern Love columns without having to plunge blindly into our 750-column archive, I pulled together, in no particular order, a collection of 25 essential Modern Love essays.

  • 25 Modern Love Essays to Read If You Want to Laugh, Cringe and Cry

Some more things a Modern Love fan may want to do:

  • Sign up for Love Letter, our weekly newsletter with the latest Modern Love essays, Tiny Love Stories, podcast episodes and other relationship stories and .

  • Listen to the Modern Love Podcast on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play Music.

  • Read all our Modern Love essays and Tiny Love Stories here.

  • Check out the updated anthology “Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption.”

  • Come to an upcoming event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 23; in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 24; or in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Oct. 27. We’ll this page with more event information as they are scheduled.

  • Follow Modern Love on Facebook — or keep up with me and the Modern Love projects assistant, Miya Lee, on Twitter.

Thanks for reading, listening and watching. We hope you enjoy. — Daniel Jones, Editor, Modern Love

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