Love Voltaire Us Apart A Philosopher's Guide to Relationships

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/15/2016
  • Publisher: Icon Books
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What would Kant’s sexts look like? How would Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir break up? What would Confucius think of Tinder?

Love Voltaire Us Apart is a hilarious spoof relationship guide with a philosophical edge, made up of philosophers’ love letters, advice columns and breakup letters.

From Confucius learning the Golden Rules of dating to Simone de Beauvoir considering bangs after breaking up with Jean-Paul Sartre, comedy writer Julia Edelman views the love lives of prominent philosophers through a clever and contemporary lens. She points out that Margaret Fuller is the “Carrie” of transcendentalism, and Nietzsche will always find a way to make a bad breakup infinitely worse.

“Getting Meta(Physical)—Who is Your Philosopher Crush?” is the only quiz you’ll need to find your soul mate, and “How To Know if Your Man is Writing a Manifesto” will show you how to avoid losing your relationship to imminent revolution.

Based on Edelman’s New Yorker article, “Excerpts from Philosophers’ Breakup Letters Throughout History”, Love Voltaire Us Apart is funny, smart, refreshingly original, and brought to life with charming illustrations by Hallie Bateman.

Author Biography

Julia Edelman is a comedy writer from New York, and a graduate of McGill University. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, The Atlantic, CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Believer. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Hallie Bateman is a freelance writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn. Her work has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Awl and many others.

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