Tuesday, October 2, 2012

TO-READ l A Working Theory of Love

I had to correct his response: nothing in our earlier conversation hinted that I had been moping. Nevertheless, he's right." 

Scott Hutchins debut novel is a spare and deeply satisfying inventory of modern life; an inventory mirrored in the work of 36-year-old, newly divorced Neill Bassett, whose job it is to bring to life through conversation Silicon Valley's first sentient computer, which doesn't just so happen to be filled with decades worth of Neill's dead father's journal entries. We tend to call this kind of story "complicated." But Hutchins takes his time developing a theory of love and living well, after those who tried to teach us fail, that doesn't aim to overwhelm with language but to measure and illuminate the space in our relationships with people and with things. I'm less mysteriously certain that dozens of male novelists have been trying to write this very book for the last five years; the book for "beached people in life."

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