“Labor of Love” is a feminist materialist history of dating. I was interested in how dating as a social practice intersects with the economy, with technology, with other aspects—all the forces that shape our social lives. The basic thesis of the book is that courtship practices are deeply entwined with the economy—and dating in particular emerges at the same time as new forms of consumer capitalism around 1900.
Heat is not just the exogenous heat we create when we cook, but the heat we generate with our metabolism. The fire within us is very important.
More a book collector’s sanctum than an office, Gingerich’s bookshelves are crowded with ancient, valuable books and tchotchkes. But despite the wealth of knowledge that pervades the room, one particular item truly stands out among the rest—a brown paper bag filled with a raisin-bread ham sandwich from Whole Foods Market: Gingerich’s daily lunch.