To celebrate the release of the Romance Issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal, this week’s podcast focuses on one of the definitional institutions of 21st century romance: The Bachelor (and The Bachelorette). Co-hosts Eric Newman, Medaya Ocher, and LARB Poetry Editor Callie Siskel discuss the ABC hit-series with LA Times writer Amy Kaufman, the author of Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure. The conversation hones in on the cultural resonance, as well as the juicy behind-the-scene secrets, of the now 16-year old TV franchise. 

Also, Lydia Millet, author of Fight No More, returns to recommend Julia Holmes’s first novel Meeks, a tale about bachelors in an alternative woman-dominated world.