Levy, E. J. “Love, in Theory”, University of Georgia Press, 2012.
Romance and Academia, Ten Stories
The academic framework is the prism through which the stories in “Love, in Theory” and looked at. Here the intellect becomes erotic and we see love from a whole new angle. Levy looks at love in all of its constituents and forms whether it is“between a man and woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a mother and a child”. We have stories of heartbreak, adultery and passion and we see the changes love brings to life.
“A disheartened English professor’s life changes when she goes rock climbing and falls for an outdoors-man. A gay oncologist attending his sister’s second wedding ponders dark matter in the universe and the ties that bind us. Three psychiatric patients, each convinced that he is Christ, give rise to a love affair in a small Minnesota town. A Brooklyn woman is thrown out of an ashram for choosing earthly love over enlightenment. A lesbian student of film learns theories of dramatic action the hard way—by falling for a married male professor”.
These stories not only explore the heart but the mind as well and deal with themes of physics, film, philosophy, rational choice and so on. We read of happiness and sadness, loyalty and betrayal and what all these stories share is the intelligence with which they were written. We read of love and loss and of the nature of love in language where each word seems to be exquisitely chosen to express an idea. It is almost hard to believe that there are the first published stories by Levy and the idea of looking at love from a scholarly point of view is refreshing and very much alive. Here is the heart that is aware of itself and what it does and the book is a lesson in love that woos the reader as he turns the pages.