Smart Bitches Movie Matinee: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Charles Lederer (screen play), Joseph Fields (based on the musical comedy by), and Anita Loos (based on the musical comedy by) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Sarah: Am I the only one who gets a little zing! of excitement with the production company logo and music at the start of a […]

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen


This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by MiddleClassManhattan. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Short Historical category. The summary: Love takes the stage… Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses […]

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen


This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by Truusje. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Short Historical category. The summary: Love takes the stage… Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses […]

Egypt: The New Dictatorship


The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution by Jack Shenker New Press, 538 pp., $32.50 Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy edited by Dalia F. Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi Oneworld, 388 pp., $35.00 (paper) Félix Vallotton, Femme couchée dormant, 1899, oil on canvas. <p><em>It’s late, […]

Staff Picks: Panjandrums, Poets, Power Struggles


Still from David Lynch’s The Cowboy and the Frenchman. I’ve had a thing for reptilian monsters lately, and this week’s no different: I ducked into a theater to see Nacho Vigalondo’s kaiju film, Colossal, and was agape from start to finish. It follows an entitled fuck-up millennial named Gloria who’s seemingly spent much of her adult life running her mouth, partying […]

Rules for Consciousness in Mammals


Clarice Lispector.   Anyone who talks about Clarice Lispector and psychoanalysis is likely to say something foolish, not least because psychoanalysis is a discipline of listening, not talking. And, in fact, this is a tempting place to stop. # “Coherence,” says Lispector, “I don’t want it any more. Coherence is mutilation. I want disorder. I […]

248. Our Live Show at RT Part I: Robin Bradford and Janna MacGregor


It’s our live show, recorded Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Romantic Times BookLovers Convention in Atlanta! We had wine, snacks, and a room full of somewhat tired and entirely awesome podcast fans, and I’m so excited to share the audio with you! We start with a conversation with Robin Bradford, known on Twitter as […]

The Depth of Beauty by A.B. Michaels


This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by Erika S. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Mainstream Fiction with a Central Romance category. The summary: In 1903 San Francisco’s Chinatown, slavery, polygamy, and rampant prostitution are thriving— just blocks away from the city’s elite, progressive society. Wealthy and well-connected, Will Firestone […]

What Gets Called ‘Civil War’?


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The Pleasures of Pessimism


BUY SOME HERE Miguel Luna £16.00 tasting notes ALMOND / STONE FRUIT / WINTER SPICE </p></div> <p class="wpematico_credit"><small>Powered by <a href="http://ift.tt/2mkPqnk; target="_blank">WPeMatico</a></small></p> ” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” class=”size-full wp-image-57465″ src=”http://ift.tt/2s39PQg&#8221; alt=”” width=”1600″ height=”2408″ srcset=”http://ift.tt/2s39PQg 1600w, http://ift.tt/2rDY85X 83w, http://ift.tt/2qkyr6s 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 1600px) 100vw, 1600px”/>Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum ImagesEmil Cioran, Paris, 1984 Why do we read writers who are profoundly pessimistic? […]

The Robots Are Color-Blind, and Other News


Robots hate these.   Colors: you may not like them, but they’re all we’ve got. Chartreuse, cerise, burnt sienna, ultramarine … our ability to detect and name these things is all that’s keeping us from melting back into the primordial soup. It makes sense, then, that artificial intelligences would mock us for our rainbow. Robots […]