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March 1, 2009

The Millions Top Ten: February 2009 1

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

February 28, 2009

Curiosities: Bootleg Translations 1

Rumors of John Cheever’s death? Greatly exaggerated. HarperCollins sets out to test the proposition that there really is no such thing as bad publicity. BHL rips Valkyrie and Tom Cruise. Maud lauds Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women. The New York Public Library names Millions guest contributor Sana Krasikov a finalist for […]

February 23, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #71 (Non-Fiction for Kids) 4

Betsy recently wrote in with this question: I’m looking for some good non-fiction titles about “People and Places That Interest Us” for a 7th grade reading unit at my school. I plan to introduce Three Cups of Tea and Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. Do you have any other recommendations for page turners that 13 year olds […]

February 21, 2009

Curiosities: the Department of Dead Horses 0

Tranquility by Attila Bartis is named winner of the inaugural Best Translated Book Award. Scott rounds up some reviews and background on the book. Video: Tom Perrotta on the state of American literary culture. “Art History books are full of errors.” This one is about La Raie Vert [the Green Stripe] from 1905 by Henri […]

February 15, 2009

Curiosities: No Glamour in Publishing 0

Want to catch up on John Updike in a single summer? Dick Cavett reminisces about the time Updike and John Cheever appeared on his talk show… together. Clancy Martin on his failed attempt to become the world’s largest maker of Fauxbergé eggs and how he evaded the Russian police. Ward Sutton literalizes the idea of […]

February 8, 2009

Curiosities: Pretend Lunch 1

In Open Letters, Sam Sacks writes “Quietude is godliness in Lark & Termite” and traces Faulkner’s influence on the new book. n+1 on the 10th anniversary of Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time”: “After her came the deluge: the end of the record industry as we know it, yes, but also the end of America […]

February 1, 2009

The Millions Top Ten 12

We’ve added a new feature to The Millions sidebar. We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, […]

January 31, 2009

Curiosities: The Governor and the Glove 0

Hitchens looks back at the Rushdie fatwa and its legacy of censorship. The Feltron 2008 Annual Report “The Governor and the Glove” – an encounter with Blagojovich Joseph O’Neill remembers Updike (via TEV) Ted Leo performs Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” The Paleolithic era of online news. TNR reviews Outliers: “It is an axiom […]

January 29, 2009

The Millions Quiz: The Glaring Gap 38

So that you may get to know us better, it’s The Millions Quiz, yet another occasionally appearing series. Here, as conceived of by our contributor Emily, we answer questions about our reading habits and interests, the small details of life that like-minded folks may find illuminating, and we ask you to join us by providing […]

January 25, 2009

Curiosities: Cartoon Batting Averages 1

Colson Whitehead says “Wow, Fiction Works!“ The LA Times has a clip from the movie version of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, directed by The Office star John Krasinski. (via) Carolyn writes about the real-life connection between Walker Percy and Bruce Springsteen. The Village Voice shows off the final results of its […]