His Stolen Bride by Barbara Dunlop

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by Catherine Heloise. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Short Contemporary Romance category. The summary: To love, honor and abduct a beautiful bride… Only from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Dunlop.  “Will you take this woman?” Yes. As a favor to his estranged […]

Christmas on Crimson Mountain by Michelle Major

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by Megan S. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Short Contemporary Romance category. The summary: LOVE ON THE MOUNTAIN Peace and quiet—that’s all Connor Pierce wanted from the rented cabin on Crimson Mountain. Yet the caretaker turned out to be lovely April Sanders—a total […]

The Best Kind of Princess

Royal Collection TrustAllan Ramsay: Queen Charlotte with her Two Eldest Sons, 1764-1769 The British royal family in the twentieth century had no great love for advanced art. Kenneth Clark wrote that George V was “much disturbed” by J.M.W. Turner’s pictures when he visited London’s National Gallery in 1934. “Turner was mad,” the king declared. “My […]

“The Husband Maneuver” by Karen Witemeyer

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by Darbi. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Romance Novella category. The summary: 1890s TexasMarietta Hawkins has been in love with ranch foreman Daniel Barrett since she came home from school three years ago. Unfortunately, her father’s rule about hands not fraternizing with his […]

Surface Noise

In an excerpt from his book The New Analog, Damon Krukowski looks at the aesthetics of noise in analog music—and what we’ve lost in the transition to digital recordings. Guillermo Galindo, Fragmented Surveillance/Vigilancia fragmentada, 2014, pigment print, 11 11/16″ × 16 1/2.” Currently on view at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. My favorite records sound the worst, because […]

Staff Picks: Meta, Menudo, Mandates

Camille Claudel. Jim Harrison, who died last year at sixty-nine, was a gourmand with a trencherman’s appetite—food comes up in his Writers at Work interview several times. Though he evokes an atmosphere of overindulgence, the man was sensible and had rules for his dinner guests, the first being very practical considering: “No one is allowed […]

Language Is a Parasite, and Other News

Peter Lund, a Danish naturalist, copying rock paintings at Lagoa Santa, Brazil.   Every writer needs a hobby. When he isn’t writing bleak, bloody fiction or exploring the primal violence at the heart of the American experience, Cormac McCarthy likes to unwind with a little theoretical scientific research. Who doesn’t? His work at the Santa […]

243. Discovering Romance and Navigating Approval: An Interview with Faith Salie

Sarah chats with author, speaker, and television and radio journalist Faith Salie about Authorized, her Audible program on Sex and Romance in which many of our favorite romance authors are featured, and about the CBS Sunday Morning segment in which Sarah appeared. They talk about  Faith’s book, Approval Junkie, which is out in paperback this […]

Close to You by Kara Isaac

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by Hope. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Best First Book, Romance with Spiritual or Religious Elements category. The summary: A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of […]

Dreaming Outside Our Heads

Private Collection/Bridgeman ImagesNicola Bealing: Deep Water, 2011 Sooner or later any theory of consciousness must address this question: How can it be that during sleep, but very occasionally in waking moments too, we have experiences that have nothing to do with the world immediately around our bodies? The dominant, “internalist” account of consciousness—based on the […]

A Dip in Foley’s Pond

Our complete digital archive is available now. Subscribers can read every piece—every story and poem, every essay, portfolio, and interview—from The Paris Review’s sixty-four-year history. Subscribe now and you can start reading our back issues right away. You can also try a free ten-day trial period. In Peter Orner’s three Paris Review stories—“Story of a Teacher’s Wife,” “The Vac-Haul,” and “Foley’s Pond”—three outrageously […]

Real Space: An Interview with Patty Yumi Cottrell

I think writers attend M.F.A. programs to meet people like Patty Yumi Cottrell—or at least, I did. When we met in our first semester, she was a quietly focused and deeply intelligent student who sat back from the pack as we clamored for attention and support. Cottrell and I began sending each other work, and the constructions […]