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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Ohlin, Adrian, Jin, and More
Our own Thom Beckwith takes a look as some notable books publishing this week. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Ohlin, Adrian, Jin, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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Edgar Allan Poe: Self-Help Guru
Poe tells us that being a genius means attracting haters, “a set of homunculi, eager to grow notorious by the pertinacity of their yelpings,” but also that, crucially, not everyone who attracts haters is a genius The post Edgar Allan Poe: Self-Help G
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The Best of Henry James
James has been my favorite writer since I first read The Portrait of a Lady at far-too-young an age to understand it. Still, my instincts told me that I had discovered a unique voice and way of looking at the world. Here’s my list of his top 10 works
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Ferocious and Violent: The Millions Interviews Rachel Yoder
Comedy is a survival tactic. You can’t let the rage burn bright all the time or else you’ll burn up, too. The post Ferocious and Violent: The Millions Interviews Rachel Yoder appeared first on The Millions.
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Love Is Not a Destination: The Millions Interviews Kaveh Akbar
Without some physiological sublimation of the inert font into a living poem—whether via breath or the movement of ocular muscles along a line, fingers across Braille—the poem remains ink on a page. If a poem augurs any holiness, it begins in the body
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring El Akkad, Kitamura, Hoby, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from Omar El Akkad, Katie Kitamura, and Hermione Hoby—that are publishing this week. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring El Akkad, Kitamura, Hoby, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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Making Meaning in an Honest Way: The Millions Interviews Dana Spiotta
In a big sense, I am not bullish on America or humans in general most of the time, but I do think our job as writers is to stay curious about the species in all its paradoxes. The post Making Meaning in an Honest Way: The Millions Interviews Dana Spi
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Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2021 Book Preview
We've just an entered an amazing six-month stretch for book-lovers. The post Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2021 Book Preview appeared first on The Millions.
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The Millions Top Ten: June 2021
May's top seven remain June's. May's eighth book became June's 10th. Even the near misses held steady. All this points to one place: Millions readers are ready for that Second-Half Preview to drop. Stay tuned... The post The Millions Top Ten: June 20
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Fung, Anam, Bell, and More
Here’s a quick look at some new books from the likes of Pik-Shuen Fung, Tahmima Anam, and Matt Bell. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Fung, Anam, Bell, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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Over, Under, Sideways, Down: On Louis Menand’s ‘The Free World’
The Free World is unflinching in chronicling the Cold War era’s “deeply entrenched ideology of gender difference” that manifested itself in vicious, often violent misogyny. The post Over, Under, Sideways, Down: On Louis Menand’s ‘The Free World’ appe
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Alison Bechdel And The Secret To Human Transformation
It feels so good emotionally and psychically to get to that state where I am not trapped in my stupid annoying self, but I am in that flow state where my self is blessedly silent and I’m just part of something bigger. The post Alison Bechdel and the
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Enter the Dream Factory: Christine Sneed in Conversation with Matthew Specktor
Unless one is lying to oneself, life is a hotbed of failure. You miss your goals. Your relationships implode. You lose your job. You disappoint your friends, or your children. You have an experience of illness, or loss. This happens. To everybody, it
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Always Coming Back: The Millions Interviews Marcela Sulak
You can’t register movement without stillness, you can’t register stillness without movement; they depend on each other. The post Always Coming Back: The Millions Interviews Marcela Sulak appeared first on The Millions.
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Dreaming In The Dark
De Robertis envisioned The President and the Frog as “a love letter to anyone who’s ever felt despair,” she says, “or anyone who looks at climate change, or the spike in open racism, or just the difficulty of navigating daily life in our world.” The
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On Memory and Literature
Now we're all possessors of personal supercomputers that can instantly connect us to whole libraries — there can seem little sense to make iambs and trochees part of one's soul. The post On Memory and Literature appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Prose, Johnson, Sestanovich, and More
This week we're looking at new titles from Francine Prose, Diane Johnson, and Jason Mott. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Prose, Johnson, Sestanovich, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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Freedom On Her Mind
"But once I started to think about cruelty as being compressed space or choices, humiliation or violence, its opposite seemed to be freedom. Then I became interested in writing about it. There’s no more vexed word, with all the things freedom means t
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Nature Isn’t Always Nice: On Megan Kaminski’s ‘Gentlewomen’
Kaminski’s poetic speakers take aim at patriarchal and humanistic hubris, the aggregating centuries during which men have bent both heaven and earth to their methods. The post Nature Isn’t Always Nice: On Megan Kaminski’s ‘Gentlewomen’ appeared first
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Fifty Years Later, a New Novel Emerges
The winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, Soyinka is coming out with his first novel in almost 50 years, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth. The post Fifty Years Later, a New Novel Emerges appeared first on The Millions
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The Hunger Artist: Thoreau and the Irony of Performance Art
But he offers an interesting lens through which to view both the hunger artist and Thoreau: while they offer their lives as tragic, the audience always receives them as comic. The post The Hunger Artist: Thoreau and the Irony of Performance Art appea
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Taylor, Rodriques, McKinney, and More
This week we're looking at new titles from Brandon Taylor, Elias Rodriques, and Kelsey McKinney. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Taylor, Rodriques, McKinney, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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Anthony Doerr’s Libraries of Wonder
“The library was practically a babysitter. You could leave yourself and enter worlds. It’s such a rich life when you get to be a reader. Books can give you multiple lives.” The post Anthony Doerr’s Libraries of Wonder appeared first on The Millions.
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Protagonists
Was the craft of fiction around desire and obstacle taught by men and for men, for men protagonists and men readers? Was fiction part of the patriarchy? Was the craft of fiction part of the patriarchy? The answers were all yes. The post Protagonists
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Nightcap with Gian
we definitely do need more generous readers with the courage of conviction in their own taste, who believe in books and are willing to stand up for those convictions, which he was, and did, in spades. Who know, as Gian did, that artistic integrity is
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The Millions Top Ten: May 2021
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buyi
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Taking Refuge in How: On Toni Morrison’s First Three Novels
Morrison does not leap from one kind of story to something radically different. Her voice shines through from the beginning. Her books all bear the marks of her imagination, style, and insight. The post Taking Refuge in How: On Toni Morrison’s First
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Galchen, Zambreno, Emezi, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from Rivka Galchen, Kate Zambreno, Akwaeke Emezi, and more—that are publishing this week. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Galchen, Zambreno, Emezi, and More appeared first on The Million
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There Is a Freedom to Being Kept Outside: The Millions Interviews Kate Zambreno
I believe I write so as to continue to exist, and also to perform disappearance, nonexistence. I write knowing I inevitably shame my family by doing so, by writing at all about an interior life. The post There Is a Freedom to Being Kept Outside: The
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Revisiting an Unchanged Venice
On the eve of its 1,600th birthday, Venice was once again experiencing a pandemic. Venice, the city that also who gave us the word quarantena, quarantine, for the 40 days sailors were required to spend in isolation to avoid spreading the plague. The
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