Curiosities

July 25, 2015

The One-Sitting Novel 1

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Looking to start (and finish!) a novel in a day? Electric Literature has 17 short novel recommendations, including work from Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Shirley Jackson and Marilynne Robinson.

July 24, 2015

Most Epic 0

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This week in book-related infographics: an “Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips.”

July 24, 2015

Something Whole 0

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“The short story, as a form, has plenty of defenders,” the collection of unconnected short stories, maybe not so much. In an essay for LitHub, regular Millions contributor Jonathan Russell Clark praises the unlinked stories of Barbara the Slut and Other People and Single, Carefree, Mellow because “despite a lack of the wholeness of a novel, […]

July 24, 2015

Women Write the Apocalypse 0

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How do women write about the apocalypse? Sloane Crosley considers, referencing work from Mary Shelley, P.D. James, Laura van den Berg and our own Emily St. John Mandel. Pair with these Millions interviews with van den Berg and Mandel. Unfortunately, Mary Shelley was unavailable for comment.

July 23, 2015

The Ultimate Literary Celebrity 0

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Has Joan Didion become “the Ultimate Literary Celebrity“? In an article for the New Republic Laura Marsh says “yes,” and then explains how that happened. Marsh’s efforts pair well with Franklin Strong‘s recent Millions essay on “The Manliness of Joan Didion,” Joan Didion being a literary figure who easily adapts to any description.

July 23, 2015

Don’t Be Her 0

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Want to be a female travel writer? That’s great, says Jessa Crispin, just please don’t be Elizabeth Gilbert.

July 23, 2015

Babysitting SEALs 0

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“Write a short story from the point-of-view of a babysitter who one summer night witnesses something she never expected to see in her life, and then do a ‘find and replace’ in your Word doc until each instance of ‘babysitter’ becomes ‘Navy SEAL.’” Leigh Stein shares some “Writing Prompts for Girls and Women” with The […]

July 22, 2015

Pentecosts 0

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On bad days, when his writer’s block was at its worst, Hart Crane wrote bizarre, feverish prose poetry as a way of juicing his creative synapses. Understandably, he never published this poetry, but now, thanks to the Harry Ransom Center, we can read it in its original form. Sample quote: “I held the crupper by […]

July 22, 2015

“Style is the writer” 0

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Recommended Reading: Sally Gall’s 2013 interview with the late James Salter.

July 22, 2015

True South 0

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Amidst all the controversy surrounding Go Set a Watchman, one question that gets left out is how realistic, exactly, the book is in its depiction of its setting. At Salon, Scott Timberg sits down with Professor Angela Thorburg, who makes a case that regardless of its literary qualities, Watchman is “a very accurate perspective of […]