Iagnemma’s characters are mostly scientists, authors of flawless proofs and theorems – but hopelessly confounded by love. In the title story of his inventive collection, an academic draws a Venn diagram of his love for his commitment-phobic girlfriend. In ”The Phrenologist’s Dream,” the 19th-century title character is tripped up by his lust for a bald woman after failing to read deceit in the bumps on her head. In ”Kingdom, Order, Species,” a young forester unsuccessfully tries to connect with lovers after sex by reading out loud from Woody Plants of North America. Fortunately, Iagnemma, a robotics researcher at MIT, is more adept at weaving marvelous, comic accounts of romance than his characters are at finding it.
On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction Iagnemma's characters are mostly scientists, authors of flawless proofs and theorems -- but hopelessly confounded by love. In the title story of his...On the Nature of Human Romantic InteractionFictionKarl Iagnemma Iagnemma's characters are mostly scientists, authors of flawless proofs and theorems -- but hopelessly confounded by love. In the title story of his...2003-05-09
Genre: Fiction; Author: Karl Iagnemma
Posted May 9 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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