Curiosities

December 29, 2015

Ideas Haunt Novels 0

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Recommended Reading: On Michel Tournier and the novel of ideas.

December 29, 2015

A Year of Promise 0

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Flavorwire has compiled a list of the best literary criticism of the year, ranging from Rebecca Solnit on Lolita to Elena Ferrante on literary publicity. Also check out this year’s most notable Millions pieces, from our star-studded Year in Reading to a literary reader for Lent.

December 29, 2015

The Voyage of the Poet 0

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“I think what I would really most like to write about is palm trees and bougainvillea and hummingbirds. I would like to go into the desert and write about salamanders and the Grand Canyon, but history keeps rupturing my experience because politics are everywhere.” National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis on overcoming brain damage […]

December 28, 2015

The Present Tense 0

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Recommended Reading: This fantastic new story from The London Review of Books by Hilary Mantel, winner of two Booker Prizes. Here’s an interview with Mantel from The Millions on character assassination and dealing with the haters.

December 28, 2015

For Jane, Forever Ago 0

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“It’s part of Jane Austen’s genius that she can bring the maximum of drama and momentousness to the most minimal of occasions.” Here is David Denby from The New Yorker on reading (and listening to) Austen’s Emma, which is celebrating its two-hundredth year in print. We’ve brought you a bunch of bits on Austen in the past.

December 28, 2015

Bow Wow Wow 0

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You can call off the search, Millions readers–we have been given the year-end list to end all year-end lists. The good people over at The Literary Hub spent countless hours poring over social media accounts to bring you the most important “best of” you’ll see all year, The Biggest Cuties in Publishing.

December 27, 2015

Bit of Opposition 0

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“A vast human action is going on. Death watches. So if you have some happiness, conceal it. And when your heart is full, keep your mouth shut also.” Saul Bellow saw a bit of resurgence this year with the publication of his collected non-fiction, There Is Simply Too Much to Say. Why do we need him […]

December 27, 2015

Writing By Heart 0

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We’ve told you about The Atlantic’s By Heart series a few times before. Now, here’s a compendium of some of the series’ best advice on writing collected from the past year.

December 27, 2015

My Life You’re Writing 0

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“Blackness in the white imagination has nothing to do with black people.” Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen: An American Lyric, is interviewed over at The Guardian on everything from Serena Williams to her emotionally volatile book signings to the inescapability of racism.

December 26, 2015

What’s Your Favorite? 0

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Earlier this week, I told you about a few lists of some really great poetry from 2015. In keeping with the poetic spirit, here’s another fantastic piece from The New York Times in which everyone from Ta-Nehisi Coates to Elena Ferrante talk about their favorite poems of all time.