Essays Archives - The Millions
September 27, 2016
The need for nuanced representations of fashion in fiction has never been greater. Fashion offers a unique lens to view some of the most important issues of our time: class, gender, race, and sexuality.
September 26, 2016
One day I went to work on my novel and, to my surprise, a part of it had been rewritten. My boyfriend, seeing my unease, told me that he had done it, that he thought I needed to be funnier.
September 22, 2016
by David Lang
I couldn’t read The Loser silently. I ended up yelling the entire book to my reflection in the mirror in my bathroom, from start to finish, which was very exciting. And that day I started imagining what it would be like to add music to it.
September 16, 2016
by J.P. Smith
As Proust wrote upon hearing of the writer John Ruskin’s death: “I am shown how paltry a thing death is when I see how vigorously this dead man lives.”
September 14, 2016
What does it all amount to? A grotesque kind of nostalgia.
September 7, 2016
by Zan Romanoff
The bind of writing a young adult novel as a grown up is that you are necessarily writing towards a category of people that no longer includes you.
September 6, 2016
Because I believed literature’s sole purpose was to not be machine crap, I attempted alternatives.
August 31, 2016
In our current age, in which every refresh of the Web browser brings a new story of tragedy, to be forgotten as quickly as it appeared, it seems that Hiroshima is as relevant as ever. Drone warfare is now a simple fact of life, and the nuclear threat still very much exists.
August 26, 2016
I learn this lesson well: you don’t write the book for yourself. Once it’s published, it’s not yours. It’s theirs.
August 25, 2016
by M.C. Mah
We have no idea what we’re talking about when we talk about structure.