On with Marriage Research

Organizing in the sand

Organizing in the sand

JOE: Good evening, Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good evening, Joe. I didn’t expect to hear from you quite so soon.
JOE: You never know. Yesterday, just as I reached about a third of the way through Norman Mailer’s book, Harlot’s Ghost, the library called. The first seven books on my research list were in.
CALLIOPE: Ambitious!
JOE: I don’t know about that, but I am excited to be immersed in a new project. Carol and I took a friend for a medical appointment and I took along E.J Graff’s book, What is Marriage For? to read in the waiting room. A good choice it turns out. I took the book to the chair when I got back home and spend the rest of the afternoon poring over it.
CALLIOPE: What did you discover?
JOE: That the world seemed to get along fine without marriage for many centuries.  Marriage as we know it today in all its incarnations has undergone constant evolution and change in meaning as well as purpose over the past several centuries in particular.
CALLIOPE: Sounds interesting. Have you found a focus for your book yet?
JOE: Not yet. There are so many aspects of marriage that it is hard to choose. I am thinking that I might try for a synthesis of the many aspects and opinions about marriage.
CALLIOPE: Sounds rather daunting.
JOE: You noticed! Indeed it is. I might need to narrow my focus but I am keeping an open mind. For now it is on with the research.

Marriage- A New Project

Florida Sunrise

Florida Sunrise

 

JOE: Good afternoon, Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good afternoon, Joe. I was starting to wonder what happened to you.
JOE: I thought you might. Here’s the scoop. I finished my latest update of Marital Property. I think it is the best I can make it for now. Yet I still don’t think it is ready for publication.
CALLIOPE: Sorry to hear that. You have worked on it for so long. Now what?
JOE: I wondered that myself. I got to thinking what Marital Property needed. I am satisfied with the interaction among characters but think it needs more substance.
CALLIOPE: Such as what?
JOE: Such as what marriage means and what it is all about. As I thought about it I realized I was better at nonfiction. I recently read Sex at Dawn by Ryan and Jetha. I wrote a newsletter/column inspired by the book and realized I should write a book on marriage.
CALLIOPE: Have you made a commitment to this project.
JOE: I have started researching the topic and thinking about what aspect(s) of marriage i would like to address.
CALLIOPE: Sounds exciting.
JOE: It is. I am waiting for several books to arrive from Amazon and the library. I will keep you posted.