Essays Archives - The Millions
February 21, 2017
by Ben Roth
“Readable” has become the chosen term of praise in our times precisely because so many of us find ourselves unable to concentrate as we once could or still aspire to. But to praise readability is to embrace the vicious feedback loop that our culture now finds itself in.
February 20, 2017
I believe that fiction should work on at least three levels of interpretation: The personal, the conceptual, and the philosophical. In other words, the shape of the core of great works of fiction must be triangular — it must be emotional, cerebral, and sublime.
February 16, 2017
by Rose DeMaris
My innate interest in beauty was stoked by 20th-century literature and the captivating female characters who populate it.
February 15, 2017
Would folks who lulled their children to sleep with Goodnight Moon rest easy if they knew it birthed by a lesbian consciousness? Might they worry that Goodnight Moon could unconsciously shape a mood realm deep inside the child that might make him grow up gay?
February 14, 2017
by Amy Peterson
Writers like Amy Leach and Rebecca Solnit help me believe that the harrowing essay will not rule the day, and that writing that pays careful attention to the world and to language, tone, and metaphorical resonance can be equally powerful as and far more enduring than the personal essay with the most online shares.
February 13, 2017
Without that truth-seeking ecosystem of healthy small- and mid-size daily newspapers to explain national news in terms local readers can understand, Americans are left stewing in separate echo chambers, one urban, educated, and liberal, the other working-class, rural, and spoiling for a fight.
February 10, 2017
by Ryan Krull
None of his books of fiction got the attention that the Borges book did. But, he says with a smile, ‘I’ve never met a writer who feels like he or she got as much as they deserved.’
February 10, 2017
Pizarnik, whose ubiquity in 20th-century Latin-American literature is indicated by the fact that many critics refer to her simply as “Alejandra” or “A.P.,” has not, historically, been on a first-name basis with English-reading audiences
February 8, 2017
by Matt Seidel
After a nice long think in the grotto shower, I resolved, once back on dry land, to conduct a survey of recent, or recently reissued, novels that make their home, so to speak, in hotels.
February 7, 2017
We’ve been searching texts for a connection to another person or community for more than 4,000 years. This is what Davis and Lahiri wanted. It is likely the reason why you are reading this right now. And in this desire for connection, every reader, across time and place, is intimately linked.