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And the Walls Came Down
Every word is a metaphor; every phrase, no matter how prosaic, is a poem—even if it's mute. Words don't correspond to reality; they only correspond to one another. All languages are a tapestry of threads forever floating above the ground. The post An
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The Anti-Adventures of Gary Paulsen
While Hatchet provided readers with some much-needed escapism, The Island centered its focus on what we can never escape—mortality, which, in the immediate aftermath of Paulsen’s passing, now takes on new significance. The post The Anti-Adventures of
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Solnit, Strout, Gaitskill, and More
This week we're looking at new titles from the likes of Rebecca Solnit, Tiphanie Yanique, Elizabeth Strout, and Mary Gaitskill. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Solnit, Strout, Gaitskill, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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The William Trevor Reader: “Memories of Youghal”
Trevor is virtually unique, to my mind, in his interest in elderly characters; I cannot think of another writer who devotes more story space to the lives of the old. The post The William Trevor Reader: “Memories of Youghal” appeared first on The Mill
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The Good Art Friend
No one actually owns memories, and even these change with time and perspective. The post The Good Art Friend appeared first on The Millions.
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The Millions Top Ten: September 2021
Six newcomers may be a record. As the leaves drop through crisp air, do wallets open to purchase new books? Evidently so. The post The Millions Top Ten: September 2021 appeared first on The Millions.
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Wednesday New Release Day: Starring Ball, Orlean, and More
This week, we're looking at new titles from Bethany Ball, Susan Orlean, Margaret Verble, and Judith Freeman. The post Wednesday New Release Day: Starring Ball, Orlean, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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The William Trevor Reader: “The General’s Day”
How does a great general in a William Trevor story spend his day? Cue arguments with domestic staff, day-drinking, sexual harassment, night-drinking, and screaming matches with elderly friends. The post The William Trevor Reader: “The General’s Day”
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Body Betrayal: The Millions Interviews Maegan Poland
I’m a very social person who cares deeply about my relationships. But the nightmare at the back of my mind is this idea that we're all skin bags creating these illusory personas for each other. And that we never truly are connecting as much as we wou
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The 10 Strangest Dystopias
With the daily news seeming apocalyptic and standard dystopias feeling a little tame, Lincoln Michel breaks down some of the strangest dystopian novels. The post The 10 Strangest Dystopias appeared first on The Millions.
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A Brilliant Visionary of Terrible Decisions: The Millions Interviews Catherine Baab-Muguira
Poe wasn’t some goofy, spooky mystery man spinning 19th-century torture fiction. Instead, all the stories were metaphors for the horrendous pain of living. The post A Brilliant Visionary of Terrible Decisions: The Millions Interviews Catherine Baab-M
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Franzen, Toews, Watkins, and More
This week we've got our eye on new books from the likes of Jonathan Franzen, Miriam Toews, and Claire Vaye Watkins. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Franzen, Toews, Watkins, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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The William Trevor Reader: “Access to the Children”
In this week's installment of The William Trevor Reader, our own Adam O'Fallon Price examines a classic short story he credits with rewiring his brain as a young writer. The post The William Trevor Reader: “Access to the Children” appeared first on T
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Bearing Witness to All That’s Being Lost: The Millions Interviews Claire Vaye Watkins
It's really easier than ever to forget that we are in a place, a specific place, and we need that place to be healthy for us to be healthy. The post Bearing Witness to All That’s Being Lost: The Millions Interviews Claire Vaye Watkins appeared first
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October Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
October brings us a wealth of new books, with titles from Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, Susan Orlean, and Amitav Ghosh, just to name a few. The post October Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month) appeared first on The Millions.
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An Embodied Experience: The Millions Interviews Brian Evenson
There’s something so strange about living in a family. Everyone’s experience is very different. And then one day you realize there are all these things you didn’t know: good and bad. And these secrets can be really unsettling and intense. The post An
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Jay Caspian Kang Wants to Provoke You
I hope there’s some criticism of the book, even bad reviews of the book. It was written as a way to start a lot of arguments that I think need to be out there. And I’m okay with being criticized. The post Jay Caspian Kang Wants to Provoke You appeare
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The William Trevor Reader: “A Meeting in Middle Age”
My impression of Trevor’s reputation in 2021, is of a staid Irishness/Britishness, elegant and understated and perhaps a little boring. The actual is something else—Trevor is very underestimated in the perviness department, and I mean this as a compl
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Knausgaard, Doerr, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Anthony Doerr, and more—that are publishing this week. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Knausgaard, Doerr, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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Nothing Outside the Text
Close reading is sometimes slandered as brutal vivisection, but it's really a manner of possession. In the sifting through of diction and syntax, grammar and punctuation, image and figuration, there are pearls. The post Nothing Outside the Text appe
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Novelizing Turkish Feminism: On Suat Derviş’s ‘In the Shadow of the Yalı’
Derviş was a prolific novelist, writing since the age of 16, setting her fictions in the manner of social realism, a genre that, when she wrote, was surpassed by interwar postmodernism. The post Novelizing Turkish Feminism: On Suat Derviş’s ‘In the S
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Grace And Oblivion In The Forgotten Neighborhoods Of ‘Shaky Town’
Shaky Town is a tough and beautiful mural of a novel constructed with interwoven short stories that explore the streets of East Los Angeles in the 1980s. The post Grace and Oblivion in the Forgotten Neighborhoods of ‘Shaky Town’ appeared first on Th
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The Year Of The Whale
Each rereading invites me into Melville’s sentences. Those sentences have become my companion, a companion not unlike my whale, sentences I’ve only yet begun to learn to read, a whale whose length I never will. The post The Year of the Whale appeared
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The William Trevor Reader: An Introduction
Here’s the plan: once a week, every week, I will read one story from William Trevor’s The Collected Stories and write about it. There are 85 stories in this volume, comprising 1,261 total pages, so this will be no small undertaking. The post The Will
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Powers, Alameddine, Ozeki, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from Richard Powers, Rabih Alameddine, Ruth Ozeki, and more—that are publishing this week. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Powers, Alameddine, Ozeki, and More appeared first on The Milli
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It Has to End Now: The Millions Interviews Dave Eggers
When we give this power to an algorithm, to a big company like Amazon to surveil, we become part of the machine altogether. The post It Has to End Now: The Millions Interviews Dave Eggers appeared first on The Millions.
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Dance or Die: The Millions Interviews Ahmad Joudeh
When the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, religiously fanatic extremists came into the country. They started targeting me, as I was a dancer and as I was teaching dance to children. The post Dance or Die: The Millions Interviews Ahmad Joudeh app
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Southern Gothic: Ten Essentials Books
When it comes to Southern gothic, it’s not the heat that gets you, it’s the humidity. It’s a genre designed to make you uncomfortable. The post Southern Gothic: Ten Essentials Books appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Whitehead, Jones, Williams, and More
This week, we're eyeing new titles from the likes of Colson Whitehead, Gayl Jones, and Joy Williams. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Whitehead, Jones, Williams, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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This Isn’t the Essay’s Title
Whether or not paradoxes are glitches in how we arrange our words or due to something more intrinsic, they signify a null-space where the regular ways of thinking, of understanding, of writing, no longer hold. The post This Isn’t the Essay’s Title a
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