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The new book <i>Commitment </i> (portraits by Morton I. Hamburg, text by Kashmir Hill) reveals 37 intimate, funny stories of couples talking about what it takes to have a long-lasting love affair.
The new book Commitment (portraits by Morton I. Hamburg, text by Kashmir Hill) reveals 37 intimate, funny stories of couples talking about what it takes to have a long-lasting love affair.

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The new book Commitment (portraits by Morton I. Hamburg, text by Kashmir Hill) reveals 37 intimate, funny stories of couples talking about what it takes to have a long-lasting love affair. Here are seven of them.

Remember why you fell in love.

After 30 years of marriage, actress/playwright Kathryn Grody (married to Homeland star Mandy Patinkin) thinks “commitment is about re-choosing on a continual basis to re-embrace aspects of this person.”

Take wedding rituals seriously.

After a long relationship, singer/songwriter Judy Collins married industrial designer Louis Nelson in 1996. She says, “The bonding ceremony performed by the priest ... was an emotional commitment. The wedding sealed it.”

Define commitment for you.

Iron Chef Cat Cora and partner Jennifer had a California marriage ceremony in 2010, but Cat says, “For us, commitment means we’re together.”

Keep your promises.

Comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara met in 1953 and married six months later. Anne says, “Commitment is another word for promise. Try and keep your promise. That’s all.”

Marriage isn't for everyone.

Mad Men’s Bryan Batt has lived with fellow actor Tom Cianfichi for 22 years. Says Bryan: “We don’t have a legal binding ceremony or document that keeps us together. Every morning we wake up and make that decision together. “

Your partner is your foundation.

Financier David Shapiro, who is married to writer Abigail Pogrebin, says, “I can move confidently through my day knowing that I have that sure base at home.”

Humor is the best medicine.

The View co-host Joy Behar lived with Steve Janowitz for almost 20 years before tying the knot. Joy and Steve say, “We have a commitment based on love and respect ... and not having anywhere else to go!”

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