Join LARB editors Kate Wolf, Medaya Ocher, and Eric Newman for a special Valentine’s Day episode. In the first half of the show, we speak with Laurie Essig, author of Love Inc., an investigation into the ways in which the wedding, romance, and dating industry have affected our lives and made us believe in happy endings, despite the world crumbling (or rather, melting) around us.

Our second guest is long-time LARB veteran, Briallen Hopper, who talks to us about her new collection of essays, Hard to Love. We talk to Briallen about spinsters, singledom, and how to throw the perfect Galentine’s party.