by M.C. Mah
We have no idea what we’re talking about when we talk about structure.3
by Mike Broida
To read Philip Levine in this moment is to crack open a road map into the zeitgeist of populist, nativist, and nationalistic sentiments fueling unrest in globalized, post-industrial nations across the world.0
- recent articles
- Screaming Notes the Human Soul Seldom Makes Audible: On Raul Brandão’s ‘The Poor’ 0
- Being Bad Is Sad: Bojack Horseman & Boethius 1
- What Percival Everett’s ‘Erasure’ Can Tell Us about Authenticity 10
- An Open Letter to the Teenager Who Ruined My Copy of ‘Ragtime’ 6
- Don’t Believe the Haters: In Defense of ‘Genius’ 1
- Comfort Objects 1
- Airplane Reading 1
- Exclusive First Look: Edan Lepucki’s ‘Woman No. 17’ 0
- Octogenarian Hotties 20
- Maker & Marketer: An Interview With Caitlin Hamilton Summie 0
Sam Jordison asks us how Heller’s Catch-22 became a bestseller. “Yossarian’s kept a lasting grip on our collective psyche; he’s the ultimate moral rebel. To object to him would be to put yourself on the side of stuffed shirts, those who kill for profit and in the name of absurd patriotism.”
“A couple of years ago I attended a British Council discussion about the state of contemporary writing and the creative future in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. When someone brought up the dearth of memoirs in the Nigerian literary landscape, almost everyone in the room laughed ruefully. Someone joked aloud, ‘We can’t write memoirs. We’d have to wait for parents to die. Not just parents – everyone who knows us, even!’ This concern is not limited to nonfiction.” Bim Adewunmi writes for BuzzFeed on African immigrants’ stories.
The London Review of Books has created an interactive map of their diary entries. Check out where 100 of their authors were writing.
Nicola Griffith gives us guidelines for writing about disabled people.
“Salinger’s Holden Caulfield made a distinction between writers you would like to call on the phone and those you wouldn’t care to talk to at all. Teju Cole belongs to the former group.” Year in Reading alum Aleksandar Hemon interviews Teju Cole. If you can’t get enough of Cole, we interviewed him, too.
The Millions is thrilled to welcome Kirstin Butler as our new Social Media Manager. Kirstin got her start in books at the Harvard Book Store and has worked on projects for Slate, MTV Networks, and a variety of other outlets. She’s a writer with bylines at places like The Atlantic and The New Republic, and a novel is in the works. Find her online here, and of course, on The Millions‘ feeds.
Penny Perkins interviews Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty author Ramona Ausubel at The Rumpus. “I realized that this book I was writing about money had to be about race and it had to be about class and it had to be about privilege, and which of those things we are able to see and which we are blind to.” Pair with Ausubel’s writing at The Millions.
“Because what [narcissists] have inside is empty space, they have had to make a study of the selves of others in order to invent something that looks and sounds like one. Narcissists are imitators par excellence. And they do not copy the small, boring parts of selves. They take what they think are the biggest, most impressive parts of other selves, and devise a hologram of self that seems superpowered. Let’s call it ‘selfiness,’ this simulacrum of a superpowered self.” Go enjoy this excerpt from Kristin Dombek’s new book The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism.
- Staff Picks
- The Millions Interview
- Modern Library Revue
- Post-40 Bloomers
- Ask the Writing Teacher
- Ask a Book Question
- Millions Quiz
- Inter Alia
- Special Features
- A Year in Reading 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
- The Millions Top 10
- Notable Articles
- Best of the Millennium, Readers' List
- Max's Reading Lists
Read More The Millions Top 10 July 2016
Mr. Splitfoot Samantha Hunt
The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Past Tessa Hadley
Girl Through Glass Sari Wilson
Zero K Don DeLillo
The Lost Time Accidents John Wray
Barkskins Annie Proulx
Innocents and Others Dana Spiotta
Ninety-Nine Stories of God Joy Williams
The Nest Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney