Yes, No, Maybe So: A Generation of Thinkers Grapples With Notions of Consent

By Parul Sehgal

Love, sex, money.

Want, listen, help.

The narrator of Sigrid Nunez’s National Book Award-winning novel “The Friend” once took a job typing up transcripts of couples-therapy sessions. “The same words would come up all the time,” she notes. “I would type the words and I would listen to the couple talk, and I could tell that the same word meant this to him and that to her.”

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