The Millions7 min read
Memory Can Be a Second Chance: Ocean Vuong’s ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’
Thoughtful and tender, Vuong's autobiographical novel is framed as a letter from a son, Little Dog, to his illiterate single mother, Rose. The post Memory Can Be a Second Chance: Ocean Vuong’s ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ appeared first on The M
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Stay for the Festive Rage: The Millions Interviews Lee Conell
One thing I love about the writing process is the way it consistently teaches me to let go of whatever I’m overly attached to, whatever I feel smug about. The post Stay for the Festive Rage: The Millions Interviews Lee Conell appeared first on The Mi
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Olga Tokarczuk Takes on the Detective Novel
In her hands, the whodunit becomes a Trojan horse to explore a whole host of concerns, including fate and how one life fits into the world around it. The post Olga Tokarczuk Takes on the Detective Novel appeared first on The Millions.
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‘The Trojan War Museum’: Featured Fiction from Ayse Papatya Bucak
An excerpt from O. Henry and Pushcart Prize winner Ayse Papatya Bucak’s debut collection. The post ‘The Trojan War Museum’: Featured Fiction from Ayse Papatya Bucak appeared first on The Millions.
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Holy in the Hands of Old Oak: Featured Poetry by Alexandra Teague
Teague is as skilled moving among phrases and sounds as she is portraying bodies and our ineffable drift through this world. The post Holy in the Hands of Old Oak: Featured Poetry by Alexandra Teague appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Scott, Bucak, Zeh, Steinberg, and More
An intriguing near-future dystopian thriller, two innovative short story collections, and a remarkable portrait of Britain at its Brexit inflection point. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Scott, Bucak, Zeh, Steinberg, and More appeared firs
The Millions4 min read
Death Liberates in a Danish Master’s New Novel
An honest reckoning with the death of a spouse—but one in a deeply companionless marriage—and the life of two people who shared little but space. The post Death Liberates in a Danish Master’s New Novel appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions4 min readPolitics
A Veteran Reflects on America’s Longest War
In nine years wearing military uniforms I only trained to fight offensive wars. My training had nothing to do with the defense of American soil. The post A Veteran Reflects on America’s Longest War appeared first on The Millions.
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Shaun Hamill Has a Scary Story to Tell You
His debut novel ‘A Cosmology of Monsters’ is both a horror novel and a rich love story, told with tenderness and brimming with darkness. The post Shaun Hamill Has a Scary Story to Tell You appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions7 min read
What Is the Value of Being Haunted? The Millions Interviews Randon Billings Noble
Essays are more important than ever! I mean writing that slows down, deliberates, ruminates, and examines its own beliefs even as it states them. The post What Is the Value of Being Haunted? The Millions Interviews Randon Billings Noble appeared firs
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Five Books About Bad-Ass Moms in the Apocalypse
Dystopian fiction is full of strong mothers, and for good reason. These characters show the way forward and reframe global conflicts in deeply human terms. The post Five Books About Bad-Ass Moms in the Apocalypse appeared first on The Millions.
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Little Islands of Faith: The Millions Interviews Tupelo Hassman
To my mind, Catholicism has many of the prettiest and most satisfying ways of evidencing faith. Because we want to touch it, don’t we? The post Little Islands of Faith: The Millions Interviews Tupelo Hassman appeared first on The Millions.
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What If Better Penmanship Could Make You a Better Person
That's the premise behind Uruguayan author Mario Levrero's first novel, sure to enhance his reputation as a cult figure of Latin American literature. The post What If Better Penmanship Could Make You a Better Person appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions7 min readSociety
Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Obreht, Tokarczuk, Nganang, Parsons, Kendi, and More
It's mid-August and the new books coming out this week are hot! Tea Obrecht returns and Ibram X. Kendi teaches us how to be antiracists. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Obreht, Tokarczuk, Nganang, Parsons, Kendi, and More appeared first on
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This Is the Right Way to Capitalize Headlines
Welcome back to Do You Copy, our series on copyediting (copy editing? copy-editing?) that investigates some of the editorial life’s deepest mysteries. The post This Is the Right Way to Capitalize Headlines appeared first on The Millions.
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Shane Jones’s Latest Book Takes on the World of Work
One of my goals with ‘Vincent and Alice and Alice’ was to write an entertaining mainstream novel that also feels a little weird and imaginative. The post Shane Jones’s Latest Book Takes on the World of Work appeared first on The Millions.
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The Horror, The Horror: Rereading Yourself
Here is a secret about writers, or at least most writers I know, including me: we don’t like to read our published work. The post The Horror, The Horror: Rereading Yourself appeared first on The Millions.
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Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ Took its Author to Uncharted Territory
“This was a scary book for me to write, because I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to pull it off. I was quite nervous about it.” The post Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ Took its Author to Uncharted Territory appeared first on The Millions.
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Magic in the Mundane: The Millions Interviews Kimberly King Parsons
A good, long talk with the ‘Black Light’ debut author about bodies, secrets, the patriarchy, escaping it, revision, Amy Hempel, and more. The post Magic in the Mundane: The Millions Interviews Kimberly King Parsons appeared first on The Millions.
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The Millions Top Ten: July 2019
Benjamin Dreyer graduates to our Hall of Fame, making room for new Colson Whitehead, while Sally Rooney pulls off the extremely rare double listing. The post The Millions Top Ten: July 2019 appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions5 min read
The Best Book You’ve Never Read: ‘Pieces for the Left Hand’
In these hundred brief pieces (are they micro essays? Flash fictions? Prose poems? Who cares?), the assumptions set up at the beginning are overturned by the end. The post The Best Book You’ve Never Read: ‘Pieces for the Left Hand’ appeared first on
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Must-Read Poetry: August 2019
Six new collections we're looking forward to digging into this month, including one that's unlike any book of poetry that you’ll read this year. The post Must-Read Poetry: August 2019 appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions7 min read
Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Tolentino, Valentine, Folarin, Marías, Price, and More
If you've been waiting for that debut essay collection from The New Yorker's star culture writer, this is your lucky week. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Tolentino, Valentine, Folarin, Marías, Price, and More appeared first on The Million
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This Is Our Intimacy Now: Featured Poetry by Carmen Giménez Smith
Giménez Smith's poems often reflect a narrator's childhood memory or perspective—and these glimpses into the past help sharpen the present. The post This Is Our Intimacy Now: Featured Poetry by Carmen Giménez Smith appeared first on The Millions.
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August Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
14 brand-new beach reads, including a powerful debut about faith in today’s America. (We take all kinds of books with us to the beach, okay?) The post August Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month) appeared first on The Millions.
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Another Other: Gideon Glick on Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
I’ve created Dill as a proto-Truman Capote, a young queer boy in the Deep South in the ’30s. To carry that around you have to have a strong armor. The post Another Other: Gideon Glick on Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ appeared first on The Millio
The Millions7 min readScience
A Pure Life of the Mind: The Millions Interview with Karen Olsson
Olsson's new biography of the brilliant French siblings Simone and André Weil is a portrait-in-pieces of what it means to be a thinker and writer. The post A Pure Life of the Mind: The Millions Interview with Karen Olsson appeared first on The Millio
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Marks of Significance: On Punctuation’s Occult Power
The manipulation of the odd symbols we call letters and punctuation lend themselves to the discovery of greater truths, guideposts to a type of paradise. The post Marks of Significance: On Punctuation’s Occult Power appeared first on The Millions.
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The Importance of Being Stubborn: Jeff Jackson in Conversation with Juliet Escoria
The Destroy All Monsters author talks with debut novelist Escoria about autofiction, the documentation of mental illness, and her long road to publication. The post The Importance of Being Stubborn: Jeff Jackson in Conversation with Juliet Escoria a
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‘Goodnight Stranger’: Featured Fiction from Miciah Bay Gault
An excerpt from Gault's debut novel, a literary thriller reminiscent of the work of Shirley Jackson and Henry James's 'The Turn of the Screw.' The post ‘Goodnight Stranger’: Featured Fiction from Miciah Bay Gault appeared first on The Millions.
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