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October 30, 2008

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This just in! Senator Barack Obama has “palled around” with the notorious constitutionalist Richard Posner. The good folks at Hotel St. George Press interview Taryn Simon, the artist behind the brilliant Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar. Jonathan Franzen’s remembrance of David Foster Wallace is quite moving… …as are the Elizabeth Bishop stanzas that conclude […]

October 28, 2008

Ask a Book Question: #68 (Building a 21st Century Contemporary Fiction Syllabus) 27

Gene writes in with this question: I currently teach a high school English course called 21st Century Literature, and I’ve hit a bit of a block these last few weeks in trying to put together this year’s syllabus. We currently read Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, Zadie Smith’s […]

October 20, 2008

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It’s not online but “The Boy Who Had Never Seen The Sea” by newly named Nobel laureate Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio appears in this week’s New Yorker. See our recent guest post about publishing Le Clézio. In last week’s New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell was back, this time talking about “genius.” His guinea pigs were Ben […]

October 6, 2008

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Try out our new “Random Post” button below the search boxes on the sidebar. CJR unveils new software in the quest to stamp out “gotcha journalism.” * Charlie Gibson, September 11, 2008:Question: “Have you ever met a foreign head of state?”Gotcha Quotient: 95Reason: First of all, foreign policy-related questions are incredibly unfair… Tennis reprints David […]

October 1, 2008

Ask a Book Question: The 66th in a Series (A Little NBA Speculation) 8

Chall writes in with this question: Any National Book Award predictions? Awards season is upon us. The Booker shortlist is out, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced in the next week or so, and the National Book Award finalists will be named on October 15th. Chall’s question gives us an […]

September 28, 2008

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The Guardian has put together an extensive section called “How to Write” with tips from the pros like Robert Harris, Antonia Fraser, and Catherine Tate on writing fiction, poetry, comedy, screenplays, memoirs, journalism, and books for children. David Foster Wallace links: DFW’s Pomona syllabus (via) and “The last days of David Foster Wallace” in Salon […]

September 8, 2008

Curiosities: Inside and Outside the Beltway 0

From one muckracker to another: Thomas Frank on Mailer and Miami. Fear and Loathing at Build-a-Bear Workshop The folks at n+1 on Obama and the culture war redux Sarah, the book, nibbles at the edges of Amazon’s Top 10, sparking its own kind of culture war in the reviews section (scroll down) Can Palin! The […]

August 26, 2008

Ask a Book Question: The 65th in a Series (Poetry in the Waning Days of Summer) 4

Michael wrote in with this question: For some reason (an end of summer shortening of attention span, perhaps) I’m in the mood for poetry, so I was wondering if, in the interest of discussing that other form of literature, the crew at The Millions could suggest some favorite poems, poets or poetry collections (the latter […]

August 25, 2008

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Over at More Intelligent Life, you’ll find my reflections on the Joseph Mitchell centenary. Mitchell is, for my money, the greatest reporter-stylist of his era; the essay points to a few reasons why. In related news, The New York Times today reports on a blog version of the diaries of that other great reporter-stylist, George […]

August 13, 2008

The Millions Quiz: The First Time is Always the Best 9

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 […]