Love Lost and Found
Jeanne Safer points out the pitfalls of passion in her new book, 'The Golden Condom'
En español | Pop quiz, boomers. The Golden Condom is:
a) a pornographic picaresque
b) a guide to safe sex in later life
c) a fascinating book about thwarted love, emotional betrayal and learning to love your partner in a more mutual and fulfilling way
Give yourself top marks if you answered "c." The Golden Condom: And Other Essays on Love Lost and Found is a new collection of analyses and advice about the up- and downsides of love from psychotherapist Jeanne Safer. Among the touchy or taboo topics that Safer addresses in the book are the human desire for revenge when we get rebuffed or betrayed, our obsession with unattainable mates, and the self-destructive ways in which we often try to protect our bruised hearts.