Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Closer to a 4.5.
I'm an Aziz fan, so I'm probably going to like what he's up to anyway. Hearing about what this book was about to start, I knew it wasn't a humor book as much as a book on dating from a humorist, so there's that. Also, having been out of the dating pool for 12+ years now, it's not a topic that's remotely relevant to me, but I also love stories about data and modern... everything. So then there's this, where Ansari actually spent a lot of time talking to those who are dating, plenty of data scientists, people who run services and apps, and gives a pretty basic, top-down overview as to what it's like to date today.
I can't say whether it's representative or anything, but it's an impressive take and Ansari offers such a good conversational tone as well as a good level of humor to make this worth the time. It maybe fails from not being detailed enough, and he even cops to it early in detailing his focus, but it's mostly a nitpick. This is a good read for fans of his as well as those who like pop sociology books.
I waited a while to pick this one up, and I kind of hate myself for waiting so long. Give it a read.
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