Love's lexicographer

By SHARON STEEL  |  February 10, 2011

Levithan's characters are not featureless, but they do function as empty vessels. In chronicling a relationship that starts on an internet-dating website, and in infusing the saga with so many contemporary references (going to a Vampire Weekend concert, for example), he makes imprinting yourself on this couple's happiness and setbacks less a suggestion than an open invitation. The complex details of different relationships can spin in a million different ways, but in the end, there are just two outcomes: you stay together or you don't. As Levithan notes under "ineffable, adj.": "Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough."


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