CHF 2014: Journeys

Modern Love

Ah, the Sunday New York Times. Let’s be honest: our first read—and enduring guilty pleasure—is “Modern Love.” The iconic column on romance in all its guises brings us a wealth of intimate and sweeping love stories. Daniel Jones has been its editor for the last 10 years. He and some Chicago-based contributors (Courtney Queeney and David Finch) discuss the column and examine contemporary love in all its treachery and tenderness. Their conversation is moderated by Chicago Tribune advice columnist Amy Dickinson.

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Image from "Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers)" by Daniel Jones

Speakers and Performers

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones, author of Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers), has edited the “Modern Love” column in the New York Times since its inception in 2004. His previous books include two essay anthologies—Modern Love and The Bastard on the Couch—and the novel After Lucy, a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Elle, Parade, Harper’s Bazaar and elsewhere.

Courtney Queeney

Courtney Queeney earned her MFA from Syracuse University, and her thesis, Filibuster to Delay a Kiss, was published by Random House in 2007. Her poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, the Believer, McSweeney’s, and other places. She lives in the Chicagoland area and is currently working on a second volume of poetry and a memoir.

David Finch

David Finch is the author of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling memoir, The Journal of Best Practices. Married in 2003 and diagnosed five years later with Asperger syndrome, David has committed himself to relentless self-improvement, sometimes to a comical extent. A former semiconductor engineer turned full-time writer and speaker, David has written for the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Slate, and he writes a relationship blog for Psychology Today. But his greatest accomplishment by far has been learning how to thrive as a family man.

Amy Dickinson

Amy Dickinson writes the syndicated advice column “Ask Amy,” which is carried in over 150 newspapers and read by an estimated 22 million readers daily. She is author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Story of Surprising Second Chances. Since 2006, she has been a featured panelist on National Public Radio’s comedy quiz show, Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!

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Leaders And Thinkers

Modern Love
David Finch's website

Good Reads

Mash Notes: ‘Love Illuminated,’ by Daniel Jones

Online Resources

Modern Love: A Conversation with The New York Times' Daniel Jones [video]