An orgy of kissing and hugging has broken out across the Western world. And while the words ‘I love you’ are rarely heard anymore, people you’ve barely met end their emails with ‘Love’. Why have all the rules gone out the window? How can order be restored? Can Pushkin or Elizabeth Strout be of any use here? Acclaimed writer of fiction, autobiography and the occasional essay, Robert Dessaix, takes a stand.

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