Podcast 286, Your Transcript is Ready


The transcript for Podcast 286. The Importance of Friendship, Writing, Great Lipstick, and Romance: An Interview with Jasmine Guillory has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. Click here to subscribe to The Podcast → < p class=”wpematico_credit”>Powered by WPeMatico The post Podcast 286, Your Transcript is […]

Podcast 11, You Have a Transcript!


The transcript for Podcast 11. Romangst: September 22, 2011 has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. Click here to subscribe to The Podcast → As part of our continued efforts to transcribe all the episodes of the podcast in the archives, we have a new transcript: […]

Frank O’Hara & ‘the Skies of Italy in New York’


The collaboration between Frank O’Hara and Italian artist Mario Schifano is fully realized in the eighteen-page-long Words & Drawings, just published in its entirety in a beautifully designed and printed edition by the Archivio Mario Schifano in Rome. Throughout the book, handwritten words—ranging from intensely lyrical poetic fragments to stray conversational fragments and lists of […]

Staff Picks: Tattoos, Death Grips, and Love Letters


  I’ve long admired Eddie Martinez’s wild, colorful abstractions, but until now, I’d never seen them in person. This week, I saw half of a show at two New York locations of the gallery Mitchell-Innes & Nash. In Chelsea, a block from our office, is a suite of big paintings called “Love Letters.” Each of the […]

Different Forms of Illumination: An Interview with Hermione Hoby


  I ran into Hermione Hoby recently at a studio party in an old Greenwich Village brownstone. It was the last party before the occupants had to move out, the building already sold to its new owner. The windows were open to the January air, prosecco sloshed in plastic cups, everyone kept getting too hot […]

286. The Importance of Friendship, Writing, Great Lipstick, and Romance: An Interview with Jasmine Guillory


Today, I’m chatting with debut author Jasmine Guillory. Since we recorded this interview, The Wedding Date has come out, and it was a USA Today bestseller – congratulations, Jasmine! We talk about the excitement of pre-release and the stress of balancing book releases with real life, and what brought Jasmine to reading and writing romance. […]

The Peculiar Business of Being Russian-American in Trump’s USA


On the campaign trail, Donald Trump praised Vladimir Putin’s “leadership,” called him “brilliant,” and said he would “get along” with him. For Russian-Americans like myself, this was when Russia came home. “Holy autocrats” and “Father Tsars” have ruled our motherland for centuries, so we can spot the type even when he comes in the guise […]

Camping with Honest George


The American Revolution has returned to Philadelphia. After almost two decades of planning and fund-raising, the Museum of the American Revolution opened its doors last April 19, the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord. Its thousands of artifacts, with the support of the latest interactive digital technology, recount a provocative story of how […]

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden


C- From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden June 7, 2016 · Bethany House Publishers RomanceHistorical: AmericanInspirational From This Moment, a historical romance set in Boston in 1897, has a great premise and setting. Alas, it suffers from the fact that all of the characters are incredibly self-centered and frequently cruel to each other. I loved […]

Fire on the Ice by Tamsen Parker


A- Fire on the Ice by Tamsen Parker February 6, 2018 · Swerve InspirationalRomanceHistorical: American Fire on the Ice by Tamsen Park is an erotic romance novella featuring two female professional athletes competing in the Snow & Ice Games which is definitely not the same thing as the Winter Olympics. Nope. Definitely not. It also […]

Links: Lucy Parker, Puppies, & Romance


Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year. Regardless of if you’re spending it with someone or just treating yourself with love, we at the Pink Palace hope you have a wonderful day! … Big thank you to Kerri who commented on podcast episode 283, which discussed bisexual characters in romance. Kerri manages a database […]

Watching Screwball Comedies with Harry Mathews


Harry Mathews.   Harry Mathews began publishing in The Paris Review in 1962, with an excerpt from his first novel, The Conversions. After that, he gave us ­poems, translations, and more fiction, much of it composed according to occult mathematical formulas of his own devising. From 1989 until 2003, Harry served as our Paris editor. In 2007, our […]