Articles by Thomas Beckwith

June 30, 2015

Oh Henry 0

Over thirteen years, John Berryman wrote his famous Dream Songs, composing his most innovative and well-known poetry while his own life began to unravel. In a piece for the LRB, August Kleinzahler reappraises the poet to mark a raft of new editions of his work, citing Randall Jarrell, Saul Bellow and other contemporaries in the […]

June 30, 2015

Nouveau Riche 0

“When Michael reads in one of the society columns that are hilariously reprinted here, misspellings and all, that Astrid’s jewels aren’t blingy enough, he flies into a fury of inadequacy. This leads him to try to buy one of Singapore’s rarest architectural masterpieces and turn its ground floor into a museum for his car collection, […]

June 30, 2015

Say What? 0

If you’ve ever heard that literary skill is synonymous with a good memory, you’ve likely bemoaned your own forgetfulness, especially when it comes to important things. Tim Parks felt the same way, until he read a new book on forgetting, which led him to wonder how much knowledge we can retain. In The New York […]

June 30, 2015

I’m Good 0

In a way, this is the opposite of an interview: a series of conversations held exclusively between chatbots. At n+1, Nick Levine constructs dialogue straight out of Beckett. Pair with Houmon Barekat on Finn Brunton’s history of spam.

June 30, 2015

Tuesday New Release Day: Zancan; Jackson; Lansens; Bushnell; Catullus 0

Out this week: Local Girls by Caroline Zancan; The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson; The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens; Kay Boyle: A Twentieth-Century Life in Letters; Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell; and a new translation of the poems of Catullus. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you […]

June 29, 2015

Rock On 0

Fancy yourself a trivia buff? This quiz might be your undoing. In The Guardian, you can test your knowledge of prominent bands in fiction, from real-life bands that reference books to bands in famous novels.

June 29, 2015

What to Believe In 0

Recommended Reading: Rene Denfeld and Stephanie Feldman on the line between realism and fantasy in their debut novels.

June 29, 2015

Limits 0

Last month, Austin Bunn published The Brink, his debut collection of short stories. The stories, as Ryan Krull describes them in The Rumpus, hinge on pushing characters to some personal limit of behavior. In an interview, Bunn talks about why that is, as well as his new short film, In the Hollow.

June 29, 2015

Making Connections 0

Books by Friends, a semi-regular feature at The Atlantic, sees writer James Fallows recommend the works of authors he knows. This week, he praises a book on the history of flight, a prediction for the economy and a jeremiad on American politics by Gary Hart. You could also read our own Kevin Hartnett on Fallows and […]

June 24, 2015

Point Scoring 0

You may like Scrabble, but are you a Scrabble enthusiast? True devotees of the game amass huge vocabularies of odd and high-scoring words. In The New Republic, Sam Eifling reviews Word Nerd, a new book about the game’s top players.