Articles by Editor

April 5, 2009

Curiosities: Dancing About Architecture 2

Debut short story writer Matthew Vollmer gets some love. For those left baffled by descriptions of “the Purdie shuffle” in last week’s New Yorker and New York Times, the mighty Bernard “Pretty” Purdie offers a demonstration. At the International Edible Book Festival, you can chase down your Remembrance of Things Pasta with some Rosencrantz and […]

April 1, 2009

The Millions Top Ten: March 2009 0

Time again for another installment of one of our newer features, The Millions Top Ten. Check out the original introduction for an explanation of how it works. The new list: ThisMonth LastMonth   Title On List 1. 1. Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences 2 months 2. 2. […]

March 29, 2009

Curiosities: Raw Power 0

RSVP: We’ve already had several RSVPs for our NYC indie bookstore walking tour. Get all the details via our announcement post. People are still adding to our collaborative literary Atlas. Recent additions include several non-bookstore literary spots in the Midwest, including the Kate Chopin House and the final resting place of William S. Burroughs. The […]

March 21, 2009

Curiosities: The King of Pop 0

Appearing Elsewhere 1: Be sure to check the Tournament of Books on Monday for Max’s judgment. Which will be the victor, Shadow Country or The Lazarus Project? Appearing Elsewhere 2: Check out Millions contributor Emily’s review of D.J. Taylor’s Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London’s Jazz Age at The Washington Times. Further Reading: […]

March 18, 2009

The Millions’ Collaborative Atlas of Book Stores and Literary Places 47

Update: Because Google’s tools for maintaining this map are limited, and because the map was getting frequent spammy and irrelevant edits, we’ve closed the editing feature on the map for now. In the meantime, the map includes plenty of stores and places to check out. Hopefully we’ll be able to allow people to add to […]

March 15, 2009

Curiosities: Thug, Libidinal, Linoleum, Limn 0

The Tournament of Books rolls along with a few first round upsets (Congratulations, Sarvas!), but the highlight thus far might be a glimpse of Junot Díaz’s one-of-kind victor’s shirt from last year. Meanwhile, Stop Smiling offers up a Díaz interview. John Leonard’s son compiles a concordance to his father’s vigorous criticism, in which “thug,” “libidinal,” […]

March 10, 2009

Staff Picks: Morrison, Marcom, Lethem, Frankfurt, Binelli, Seidel 2

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, these books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many former (and current) booksellers in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. A Mercy by Toni […]

March 7, 2009

Curiosities: Hamsters in Jackets 0

Book lists galore: The Believer announces its annual book award winner, along with the always eclectic reader survey results; Forty of Nick Hornby’s favorite books – he thinks you’ll like at least a few; You may not be able to register for Zadie Smith’s fiction seminar, but you can read the same books. Rushdie considers […]

March 5, 2009

The Millions Conversation: M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (Part Three) 6

This winter, Millions contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg both happened to pick up the M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Via email, we conducted a bicoastal conversation about Octavian Nothing, Volume I: The Pox Party, which we’re sharing with you this week in three installments. Part […]

March 4, 2009

The Millions Conversation: M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (Part Two) 1

This winter, Millions contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg both happened to pick up the M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Via email, we conducted a bicoastal conversation about Octavian Nothing, Volume I: The Pox Party, which we’re sharing with you this week in three installments. Part […]