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On Body Horror And The Monstrosity Of Women
A woman becoming something else—a tree, a freak, a monster—reduces the risk of harm. It may even allow you to cause harm in return. The post On Body Horror and the Monstrosity of Women appeared first on The Millions.
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Unsettling the American Dream: The Millions Interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen
I couldn't pay attention to that, not to write the novel I wanted to write. We can't let our work be driven by the anxieties around narrative scarcity. The post Unsettling the American Dream: The Millions Interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen appeared first o
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About Brooklyn, All of Brooklyn: The Millions Interviews Thomas J. Campanella
Deep‐south Brooklyn is the flyover country of New York City. I want to make people think again, and more deeply, about Brooklyn, all of Brooklyn. The post About Brooklyn, All of Brooklyn: The Millions Interviews Thomas J. Campanella appeared first on
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Trippingly on the Tongue: Featured Poetry by Maurice Manning
The latest from Pulitzer Prize-finalist Manning is written entirely from the point of view of Abraham Lincoln (who, it turns out, is a great poet). The post Trippingly on the Tongue: Featured Poetry by Maurice Manning appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Strout, Percy, Vapnyar, Hodgman, O’Brien, and More
In John Hodgman's delightfully absurd latest, the author casts himself as a used-to-be-somewhat-famous person trying to figure out his place in the world. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Strout, Percy, Vapnyar, Hodgman, O’Brien, and More a
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One Sentence at a Time: The Millions Interviews Sion Dayson
I think whenever a writer sits down to write, she’s approaching the page with the accumulation of all she’s read coming to bear. The post One Sentence at a Time: The Millions Interviews Sion Dayson appeared first on The Millions.
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Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke Win Nobel Prizes in Literature
Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke were awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The post Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke Win Nobel Prizes in Literature appeared first on The Millions.
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The Millions Top Ten: September 2019
Meteoric rises for J. Robert Lennon and Yoko Ogawa propelled Pieces for the Left Hand and The Memory Police into the upper-half of this month’s countdown. The post The Millions Top Ten: September 2019 appeared first on The Millions.
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Ten Haunting Ghost Stories for Halloween (and the Rest of the Year, Too)
Kick off this month's frightfest with Jac Jemc's list of 10 books that investigate "what it is that unsettles us most and why." The post Ten Haunting Ghost Stories for Halloween (and the Rest of the Year, Too) appeared first on The Millions.
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Everything Here Is a Test: Featured Poetry by Paige Lewis
Our series of excerpts continues with a piece from Lewis’s Space Struck, a deft, entertaining debut from a poet of surprise. The post Everything Here Is a Test: Featured Poetry by Paige Lewis appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Smith, Jones, Jemc, Dancyger, Marantz
Zadie Smith headlines a new week of new books, including essays by angry women and an excellent exploration of the rise of the online alt-right. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Smith, Jones, Jemc, Dancyger, Marantz appeared first on The Millions.
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We’re in a Rough Place in History Right Now: The Millions Interviews Carmen Maria Machado
The award-winning author of ‘Her Body and Other Parties’ on writing fiction for today, the tyranny of genre, and reading outside of our comfort zones. The post We’re in a Rough Place in History Right Now: The Millions Interviews Carmen Maria Machado
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I’m Suspicious of Empathy: The Millions Interviews Jess Row
The central challenge in fiction is representing other lives and consciousnesses. That’s always the core artistic challenge. The post I’m Suspicious of Empathy: The Millions Interviews Jess Row appeared first on The Millions.
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Am I a Bad Feminist?
“How could you publish this novel?” That’s what I heard after I chose to write about a girl falsely accusing a man of sexual assault during the #MeToo era. The post Am I a Bad Feminist? appeared first on The Millions.
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Ten Essential Literary Thrillers
Wake up your brain and your heart with these relentlessly paced novels by Jennifer Egan, Haruki Murakami, and Colson Whitehead. The post Ten Essential Literary Thrillers appeared first on The Millions.
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Storytelling Should Never Be Confused with Sociology: The Millions Interviews John Domini
John Domini’s new novel concludes his trilogy set in Naples after a fictional earthquake, engrossing readers in a gripping mystery. The post Storytelling Should Never Be Confused with Sociology: The Millions Interviews John Domini appeared first on T
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October Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
André Aciman. Zadie Smith. Ben Lerner. Saeed Jones. Jeanette Winterson. It's October and brand new books are dropping like beautiful fall leaves. The post October Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month) appeared first on The Millions.
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Must-Read Poetry: October 2019
One of the year's best debuts, the view inside a Queensbridge bodega owned by Korean immigrants, and an arresting collection by Abraham Lincoln, sort of. The post Must-Read Poetry: October 2019 appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Winterson, Lerner, Díaz, Walbert, and More
New Ben Lerner, August Burroughs's latest memoir, and a reimagination of Frankenstein that puts Mary Shelley’s creative process front and center. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Winterson, Lerner, Díaz, Walbert, and More appeared first on
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Amazing Grace: Reading Kelly J. Beard’s ‘An Imperfect Rapture’
For another memoirist, it would be easy to resort to a rhetoric of absolutes, but Beard’s elegant and direct prose teems with complexity and nuance. The post Amazing Grace: Reading Kelly J. Beard’s ‘An Imperfect Rapture’ appeared first on The Million
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Edith Wharton Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Naming Characters
Her 1905 classic The House of Mirth offers a masterclass in the art of character naming, from heroine Lily Bart to the seriously laughable Mrs. Peniston. The post Edith Wharton Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Naming Characters appear
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A Game Like Heroin: On Escapism, TwitchCon, and Kicking the ‘Fortnite’ Habit
The game was all I had. What was I going to do? Read a book? No, I needed to kill. I needed to win. I needed Victory Royale. The post A Game Like Heroin: On Escapism, TwitchCon, and Kicking the ‘Fortnite’ Habit appeared first on The Millions.
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So You Want to Be a Novelist
Do yourself a favor and read these 10 pieces of advice first. The post So You Want to Be a Novelist appeared first on The Millions.
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I Wanted to Mine the History: The Millions Interviews Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
On the heels of her National Book Award-nominated debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton returns with The Revisioners, out in November. The post I Wanted to Mine the History: The Millions Interviews Margaret Wilkerson Sexton appear
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Dexter Palmer, King of Questions
At parties, people would ask Dexter Palmer, “What do you do?” “I’m a writer,” he’d reply. They’d ask the inevitable follow-up, “What are you working on?” “Well, this book about a woman who gives birth to rabbits that’s based on a true story,” he’d sa
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Why We Need to Read the Literature of Incarceration
The U.S. holds five percent of the world’s population yet nearly 25 percent of incarcerated people. Here are five books that tell their overlooked stories. The post Why We Need to Read the Literature of Incarceration appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Coates, Jamison, Patchett, Krasznahorkai, Ware, Smith, and More
In case you've been living under a rock, Ta-Nehisi Coates has a new book out (and so do Patti Smith, Ann Patchett, Leslie Jamison, and Chris Ware. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Coates, Jamison, Patchett, Krasznahorkai, Ware, Smith, and M
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