On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction

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Dial Press, Apr 1, 2003 - Fiction - 212 pages
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Winner of theParis Review Discovery Prizefor best first fiction and anthologized inThe Best American Short Stories 2002, Karl Iagnemma has been recognized as a writer of rare talent. His literary terrain is the world of science, with its charged boundary between the rational mind and the restless heart. In Iagnemma's stories, mathematicians and theoreticians, foresters and doctors, yearn to create bonds as steadfast as the equations and principles that anchor their lives. A frustrated academic tries to diagram his troubled relationship with his girlfriend but fails to create a formula for romance. A nineteenth-century phrenologist must reexamine the connection between knowledge and passion when a young con-woman beats him at his own game. A jaded professor dreams endlessly of his two obsessions: a beautiful former colleague and the theorem that made her famous. Inventive, wise, funny, and disquieting, Karl Iagnemma's first collection attests to his spirited imagination and his prodigious literary gifts.

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Strong first collection from a robotics researcher at MIT who knows, despite it all, that heart is every bit as important as math.Iagnemma's prose is always lively, well suited to the quirky ... Read full review

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Iagnemma would seem to be a paradox: he's a notable author of short stories whose works have won a Pushcart Prize and a Paris Review Discovery Prize as well as a research scientist in the mechanical ... Read full review


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In addition to winning the Paris Review Discovery Prize and being selected for Best American Short Stories, Karl Iagnemma has won a Pushcart Prize. His writing has appeared in Tin House, Zoetrope: All Story, and One Story, among other publications. He currently works as a research scientist in the mechanical engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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