Articles by C. Max Magee

February 28, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Edugyan, D’Agata, Manguso, Ullman, Herbert, Shadid, Baseball 0

Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, is now out in the U.S. Also new this week are John D’Agata’s much-discussed Lifespan of a Fact, Sarah Manguso’s The Guardians, Ellen Ullman’s By Blood and The Boiling Season by Christopher Hebert, who has an essay up on our site today. The new memoir by […]

February 26, 2012

Dmitri Nabokov Dies 2

“Dmitri Nabokov, the son of Vladimir Nabokov, who tended to the legacy of his father with the posthumous publication of a volume of personal letters, an unpublished novella and an unfinished novel that his father had demanded be burned, died on Wednesday in Vevey, Switzerland. He was 77.” At MetaFilter, the son daughter of the […]

February 25, 2012

‘Best American’ on the Cheap 0

Pretty good deal on Amazon today: All the e-book versions of the “Best American” books are $1.99.

February 21, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Dyer, Aira, Wilson, Iyer 0

Zona, Geoff Dyer’s book about Tarkovsky’s film Stalker, is out today. Also hitting shelves are César Aira’s Varamo, Adam Wilson’s Flatscreen, and Lars Iyer’s Dogma. We were looking forward to all four of these books to start the year.

February 17, 2012

Stephen King Picks Hesh Kestin 0

As part of World Book Night, a UK event designed to bring attention to books for adult readers, a number of famous authors have chosen books that they would recommend to readers. Stephen King’s selection was Hash Kestin’s small press effort The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats. Published by upstart Dzanc Books in the U.S. […]

February 17, 2012

The Moth Wins MacArthur Award 1

Among the institutions that have just won MacArthur Awards are The Moth, for promoting the art and craft of storytelling, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, for engaging the public and sparking policy change.

February 17, 2012

Anthony Shadid Dies in Syria 0

It was shocking to find that New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid had died, of an asthma attack of all things, while reporting in Syria, especially when he’s put himself in harm’s way so many other times and emerged unscathed. Tyler Hicks, the Times photographer who was with Shadid when he died and who escorted […]

February 16, 2012

Jennifer Egan and Personal Writing 0

Jennifer Egan recently spoke with Willing Davidson, fiction editor of The New Yorker, as part of Rewiring the Real, a yearlong series of podcasts with writers about the interplay of literature, technology and religion. Rachel Hurn, a former Millions intern, was there and noted Egan’s ambivalence towards “personal writing.” [Updated to correct the quote] “If […]

February 16, 2012

Dubus on Love and Class 0

At The New Republic, Andre Dubus III, whose memoir Townie just came out in paperback, riffs on “love in class-riven America.”

February 16, 2012

Electric Literature’s Latest Project 1

Electric Literature just launched a new experiment with Israeli writer Alex Epstein. Epstein published his latest collection of “micro-fiction” for free on Facebook, and he wrote about the experiment on the Electric Literature blog. For the next week, Electric Literature will be publishing a sample of translations from his collection on their Facebook page.