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October 6, 2008

Curiosities 0

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

Curiosities 0

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

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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 […]

August 3, 2008

Curiosities 1

Anne Fernald’s two posts about her grandmother’s editions of Virginia Woolf are a treat. Gwenda Bond of Shaken and Stirred landed on NPR over the weekend to talk about the 100th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables, in honor of which the Modern Library has put out a new edition. The Oxford Project: “In 1984, […]

July 17, 2008

Curiosities 1

The Exile, home of the War Nerd, is back online at a new address after being forced to fold their print operation. Lots of folks were excited about Mark Twain being on the cover of Time. So was Season, until she opened the magazine. Will Leitch’s story of meeting Hunter S. Thompson is brilliant, funny, […]

July 15, 2008

Staff Picks: Niffenegger, Thewlis, Klam 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 bookselling alums in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. The Adventuress by Audrey Niffenegger recommended […]