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by Lauren Groff
There’s that myth of the solitary (usually male, usually white) creator devoting his life solely to his work. Writing all day in his Parisian garret or lakeside cottage, and then drinking all night. Art doesn’t get made this way anymore, at least not by anyone I know.
"I am in love with the gorgeous, elastic, leaping human brain that shuffles and connects disparate pieces of the world into a coherent story."
We recently conducted a poll of our regular contributors and our favorite writers, editors, and critics, asking a single question: "What are the best books of fiction of the millennium, so far?" The results were robust, diverse, and surprising. This week, we'll be counting down the Top 20.