OBLONG ONLINE: Daphne Merkin in conversation with Carol Gilligan - "22 Minutes of Unconditional Love"

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 7:00pm
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via Zoom

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Dahne Merkin22 Minutes of Unconditional Love by Daphne MerkinCarol Gilligan

LtoR: Daphne Merkin, 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love, Carol Gilligan

A novel of unsurpassed candor, punctuated by bold ruminations on love, marriage, family, sex, gender, and relationships, 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love depicts one woman’s psychological descent into sexual captivity. This is the story of the extremes to which she will go to achieve erotic bliss—and of her struggle to regain her soul.

As Daphne Merkin’s audacious new novel opens, a wife and mother looks back at the moment when her life as a young book editor is upended by a casual encounter with an intriguing man who seems to intuit her every thought. Narrated in a time before the #MeToo movement, 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love charts the persistent hold the past has on us and the way it shapes our present.

“Daphne Merkin meets the formidable challenge of describing female lust and romantic obsession with all the desired daring, candor, and skill. The result is a bracingly honest, keenly insightful, utterly compelling book.” ―Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend

Daphne Merkin is the author of the novel Enchantment, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for best novel on a Jewish theme, as well as two collections of essays, and a memoir, This Close to Happy. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, her essays frequently appear in The New York Times, Bookforum, The New Republic, Departures, ELLE, Travel + Leisure, Tablet, and many other publications. Merkin has taught writing at the 92nd Street Y, Marymount Manhattan College, and Hunter College, and she currently teaches at Columbia University’s MFA program.

Carol Gilligan is an American feminist, ethicist, psychologist and author best known for her work on ethical community and ethical relationships and certain subject-object problems in ethics. Gilligan is a professor of Humanities and Applied Psychology at New York University and was a visiting professor at the Centre for Gender Studies and Jesus College at the University of Cambridge until 2009. She is best known for her 1982 work, In a Different Voice. Her work has been credited with inspiring the passage of the 1993 Gender Equity in Education Act. Time magazine listed her among America's 25 most influential people. She is the author of the feminist classic In a Different Voice as well as Darkness Now Visible: Patriarchy's Resurgence and Feminist Resistance (available in paperback this September), Why Does Patriarchy Persist? and Joining the Resistance.


This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression By Daphne Merkin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250159298
Published: Picador - February 27th, 2018

The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags By Daphne Merkin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250074768
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Published: Picador - September 8th, 2015

Why Does Patriarchy Persist? By Carol Gilligan, Naomi Snider Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781509529131
Published: Polity Press - October 22nd, 2018

Darkness Now Visible: Patriarchy's Resurgence and Feminist Resistance By Carol Gilligan, David A. J. Richards Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781108470650
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Published: Cambridge University Press - August 9th, 2018

In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development By Carol Gilligan Cover Image
$29.90
ISBN: 9780674970960
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Published: Harvard University Press - August 29th, 2016

Joining the Resistance By Carol Gilligan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780745651705
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Published: Polity Press - May 13th, 2013