Essays Archives - The Millions

September 27, 2016

The Author Wore Prada 3

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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

Killing Me Softly 0

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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

Setting a Rant to Music: On Adapting Thomas Bernhard’s ‘The Loser’ for the Opera 0

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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

Literary Touchstones: On the Life and Death of Marcel Proust 1

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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

Freezing White Men for Posterity 8

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What does it all amount to? A grotesque kind of nostalgia.

September 7, 2016

There Is No Such Thing as the Young Adult Novel 2

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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

Chance Operations at the Hospice Luis Plaza Dañin 0

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Because I believed literature’s sole purpose was to not be machine crap, I attempted alternatives.

August 31, 2016

An Invitation to Hesitate: John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’ at 70 17

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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

What I Learned on My Debut Book Tour From the Books I Read Along the Way 0

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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

In Order to Live: Story Structure in the Horoscopic Style 4

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We have no idea what we’re talking about when we talk about structure.