What would Kant's sexts look like? How would Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir break up? What would Confucius think of Tinder? Love Voltaire Us Apart is a hilarious spoof relationship guide with a philosophical edge, made up of philosophers' love letters, advice columns and breakup letters. From Confucius learning the Golden Rules of dating to Simone de Beauvoir considering bangs after breaking up with Jean-Paul Sartre, comedy writer Julia Edelman views the love lives of prominent philosophers through a clever and contemporary lens. She points out that Margaret Fuller is the "Carrie" of transcendentalism, and Nietzsche will always find a way to make a bad breakup infinitely worse. "Getting Meta(Physical)-Who is Your Philosopher Crush?" is the only quiz you'll need to find your soul mate, and "How To Know if Your Man is Writing a Manifesto" will show you how to avoid losing your relationship to imminent revolution. Based on Edelman's New Yorker article, "Excerpts from Philosophers' Breakup Letters Throughout History", Love Voltaire Us Apart is funny, smart, refreshingly original, and brought to life with charming illustrations by Hallie Bateman.
'When man cries out for love, he is sometimes met only with laughter. Such is the human condition and thus the hilarity of this book. I 'Kant' recommend it highly enough!' -- Beth Newell, founder of Reductress 'I'm not an expert on philosophers, but I am an expert on messing up relationships -- luckily, Julia Edelman's Love Voltaire Us Apart hilariously covers both.' -- Pat Cassels, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee 'Love Voltaire Us Apart is eerily reflective of my own existential romantic limbos I often find myself ruminating. It is comforting to read a book which captures the modern love dilemma with minimalist insight and humor!' -- Reggie Watts 'I absolutely loved this book. But in a totally Platonic way. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if I were trapped in a cave and the shadows on the wall were of this book, I probably wouldn't want to leave the cave.' -- Existential Comic 'Smart. Funny. Sexy. And that's just ME -- this book is fine too.' -- Bill Oakley, The Simpsons
Julia Edelman is a comedy writer, and a graduate of McGill University. She has written for the New Yorker, Playboy, the Atlantic, CollegeHumour, Funny or Die, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and the Believer. She lives in New York. Hallie Bateman is a freelance writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn. Her work has been published by the New Yorker, The New York Times magazine, the Awl and many others.