Love in the time of COVID-19...and romance down through the ages
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today on our show, it’s Midday on Romance. A little later, Tom speaks with a medieval historian who has written a history of love in what she calls five fantasies. Barbara Rosenwein looks at love through the ages and how human beings fall in love and stay in love.
Of course, in order for that to happen, you’ve got to meet someone with whom you are inclined to be in love. An apartment search company called Rent Café has just published the results of a survey that names the best places to “mingle as a single.”
Baltimore comes in 5th in the country because of the high number of single households. 69% of households in Baltimore are headed by single folks, about four points behind Detroit, the leader in this regard at 73%.
Tom's first guest is in the business of putting some of those singles together into meaningful relationships. Kimberly Simonetti is a commercial photographer, dating expert, and the co-founder of The Match Pro, a matchmaking service in Towson.
Kimberly joins us on Zoom…and we welcome your love stories!
Next, Tom turns to a historian of the middle ages, who has just published her second book in a series exploring the history of human emotions. Dr. Barbara Rosenwein is Professor Emerita at Loyola University Chicago.
Her latest book is called Love: A History in Five Fantasies. It looks at love through the lens of Like-Mindedness, Transcendence, Obligation, Obsession and Insatiability. It’s a fun and fascinating take on how our notions of love have evolved through the ages.
Barbara Rosenwein joins us on our digital line from Evanston, Illinois.