Articles by Thomas Beckwith

January 5, 2015

Young/Adult 0

Recommended Reading: Cahal Milmo on the death of Marsha Mehran.

January 5, 2015

Well-Heeled 0

A couple years ago, Robert Birnbaum interviewed Edith Pearlman for The Millions, asking why the highly regarded short story writer didn’t hit it big until recently. Now, in the Times, Laura van den Berg reads Pearlman’s book Honeydew, in a piece that nicely complements Steve Almond’s profile of the author. FYI, Laura van den Berg has written for us.

December 31, 2014

Natural Opposition 0

Recommended Reading: Michele Filgate’s interview with Leslie Jamison, who participated in Year in Reading this year.

December 31, 2014

What It Was Like, Down South 0

You may have read Darcey Steinke’s Year in Reading piece, or perhaps one of her articles here at The Millions. Or else you might have read — or at least heard about — her recent novel, Sister Golden Hair. Either way, you should read this interview at The Rumpus, in which she talks about Virginia, […]

December 31, 2014

Tapping Away 0

Those of you who remember the days before the advent of the word processor likely have some fond memories of using (or seeing other people using) a typewriter. At The Guardian, the Books Blog collects typewriter stories from readers. You could also read our own Bill Morris on keeping a pen pal and using a […]

December 30, 2014

The Reindeer Uprising 0

“There was an inefficient system in place, and what I did was subvert it by an external rotation of reluctant holly jollies. Nasally, I came to understand that light is a thing that is produced through the collision of particulates, and boy isn’t that the truth.” As part of their year-end review, McSweeney’s republished their […]

December 30, 2014

Detritus 0

This year, the good folks at Slate and the Whiting Foundation kicked off a new literary prize, intended to reward authors for great second novels. To wrap up the year, they’ve asked several winners of the prize, including Akhil Sharma, Helen DeWitt and Daniel Alarcon, to write short pieces about objects that symbolize the writing […]

December 30, 2014

Under the Bonzai 0

Here’s a thing you’ve probably never thought of before: the sheer weirdness of some of the Christmas rituals in many canonical children’s books. In The Irish Times, Rosita Boland catalogues a few of the stranger ones, including Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Christmas dinner in summer and Lucy’s gift of a dagger in The Lion, The Witch […]

December 30, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Green; Simsion; Harrison; Israel; Enniss 0

New this week: Saving Grace by Jane Green; The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion; The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison; The Global War on Morris by Steve Israel; and After the Titanic: A Life of Derek Mahon by Stephen Enniss. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.

December 29, 2014

Out of Nowhere 0

Recommended Reading: Gavin Tomson on Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper.