Tragedy is Easy, Comedy is Hard, and Love is Damn Near Impossible

February 11, 2009 (Wednesday) / 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South St

Tragedy is Easy, Comedy is Hard, and Love is Damn Near Impossible

Amy Bloom

Author of Love Invents Us and Away

Join Amy Bloom, acclaimed author of Love Invents Us and Away, for a Valentine’s report on the changes and eternal truths alive in the world of love.

“On one hand,” says Bloom, “as middle class women no longer die in childbirth, as women go on to higher education and professional opportunities, as keeping the family farm going is no longer the primary function of the family unit, now that ‘until death do us part’ means 60 years, instead of a mere 30, our notion of what constitutes a happy life together must change. On the other hand, truly happy partnerships—by which I mean, partnerships in which one can imagine oneself happy in either role: Harriet Taylor and John Stuart Mill, Abigail and John Adams, Boris and Natasha from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show—don’t really change much with the times.”

Amy Bloom is the author of Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Love Invents Us; Normal; and Away, currently in its 10th printing and #1 on the LA Times Bestseller List in August 2008. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, O.Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies in the United States and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Slate, and Salon, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Bloom teaches creative writing at Yale.