First, shaky cultural bridges are strengthened through mourning in Lito Velázquez’s Saturday Essay, “A Taste of Something, Slowly Over Time.” Then, Brandon Hicks offers an illustrated early Valentine’s Day treat: true love and eternal happiness is churned out in the automated romantic experience of a lifetime. Finally, in the Sunday Essay, Beth Roddy recalls the rite of passages offered in […]
During his takeover of The Talkhouse’s Instagram, Andrew W.K. took requests from fans for Valentine’s Day cover songs: Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” Cheap Trick’s “World’s Greatest Lover,” Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed,” and The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” all made […]
Susan B, I love you true. I love you grand. I love you today and tomorrow and maybe even for always—though I can’t say for sure because love is fickle, and as is the case with the greatest of passions, my feelings for you began with a bumpy start.
Valentine’s Day, the annual celebration of romance, named after a martyred saint who doesn’t have anything to do with love, is almost here. In recognition of the holiday, The Cut is providing a refreshing counterpoint to the flowers-and-chocolates narrative with “True Romance: five days of stories about love as it’s actually lived,” which includes a […]
Looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for the book-lover in your life? Why not pay that gift forward to your community? Romance novelist Anna DeStefano’s Hearts for Hearts initiative “to give back to their communities by donating books they already own to nearby assistance groups” such as “homeless shelters, Medicaid nursing facilities, or similar […]
If your fingers aren’t too frozen to click, here’s the weekend Rumpus roundup. First, our film editor Anisse Gross reviewed Hilton Als’s new book White Girls: Each time I took it out of my bag, people glanced at me wide-eyed, as if merely the title White Girls was too much out-loud talk about race in public. Then Joshua […]
Conversation Hearts Two Words. Infinite Meanings. True Love. Missed Connections. 50% Divorce. First Date. Happy Nights. Sad Days. Star Crossed. Wedded Bliss. Bad Breakup. Holding Hands. Making Out. Great Sex. Poly Love.
Happy sexin’ day, everyone! This isn’t my favorite holiday, so I’m gonna let the Book Bench do all the talkin’ about it with these Dear John letters and some blogging on emails and romance. Carolyn Kellogg at Jacket Copy points us in the direction of another person calling some sort of fiction dead. The next person who […]