Essays Archives - Page 30 of 102 - The Millions
November 11, 2014
by Edan Lepucki
Lately, I’ve been thinking: If I were a fictional character, would readers hate me?
November 10, 2014
You cannot remove a book from the List until you’ve read it entirely—because until the last paragraph, anything can happen.
November 5, 2014
by David Bates
What sets The List apart are the thirteen Michelin Guide-type symbols (a magnifying glass, an American flag, an armchair, etc.) that Raphael and McLeish used to flag titles as (for example) a “major masterpiece,” a “seminal work that changed our thinking,” and “a particular pleasure to read.”
November 4, 2014
by Jared Young
That Crichton’s magnum opus involved dinosaurs – my other great childhood obsession – seemed to dictate that my own should, too. The rest, I assumed, would come naturally to a prodigious talent such as myself.
November 3, 2014
It wasn’t just that no one wanted to embarrass themselves by fainting or kissing Keith Richards’ boots; it was that we all felt the need to guard against the possibility that his super-abundant existence might envelop our own.
November 3, 2014
I was trying to reassure myself that whatever was happening to me was common enough, normal enough, to easily crop up in my regular life reading.
October 31, 2014
by Matt Seidel
We might be blocked from seeing what lies beneath the surface, but we know it’s formidable and chilling.
October 28, 2014
by Bill Morris
If today’s crop of books, movies and TV shows set in the near future are an accurate barometer, it looks like we’re in for some filthy weather.
October 27, 2014
Barth continued to express admiration and respect toward Updike. Updike returned the praise, though more often with soft mentions that he hadn’t quite finished Barth’s most recent books.
October 23, 2014
Everybody, shut up. Now, I realize that a group of writers like yourselves would jump all over the chance to point out the irony of me beginning a symposium on dialogue by telling everyone to shut up, but I don’t want to hear it, okay? Let’s just get this over with. Jane Smiley, let’s begin with you.