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Illustration by Andrea Nebhut “All you need is love!” So shouts, and then sings, Ewan McGregor as the penniless but ebullient poet Christian in Baz Luhrmann’s frenetically swooning movie, “Moulin Rouge.” He is — as we’ll see on Valentine’s Day!* — very enthusiastic. But is he right? Is love truly all you need? Well, Christian is quoting the Beatles. Were they right? If we keep pushing that question farther back, eventually we reach the ancient...

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Special SectionsDear Friend

February 4, 20181272 min

Dear Friend, A year ago, I joked about not liking boys or girls and a friend — who is named after a container — responded by saying I might be asexual. He was right. I left lunch to Google “asexual” and text an old friend. (You don’t know her, but she’s named after a superhero.) That night I accepted the reality that I am asexual. I told a lot of people. Then I told you and...