Essays Archives - Page 31 of 101 - The Millions
September 22, 2014
by Alex McElroy
Giralt Torrente, knowing there is no redemption, still writes the memoir that strives to redeem its subjects.
September 22, 2014
The trouble with writing is that it is often a roller coaster pitching us between grandiosity and despair.
September 16, 2014
by Bill Morris
In Epstein I discovered a smart writer who actually reveled in the cheesiness of the 1970s. And he did it without the killing smirk of irony.
September 15, 2014
But in the absence of conclusive evidence, sleep’s utility—like that of fiction—is still in doubt. How much, in the end, does either one matter?
September 10, 2014
by Cathy Day
When is the right time to tell aspiring writers about their job prospects? In graduate school? Before they even apply to graduate school? Or sooner than that even—in their first creative writing class? Never? Let them Google it because it’s just too depressing otherwise?
September 8, 2014
Homage is a way of acknowledging our forbearers, to celebrate where we came from by updating the past, calling back to it, poking fun at it, challenging it, embracing it, adoring it.
September 5, 2014
by John Yargo
Moravia suggests that ratiocination is a poor substitute for taste. One of his great themes is how sensibility is wrecked by negotiations with other people, other classes, other individuals, and thereby reinvigorated.
September 4, 2014
by Avery Erwin
Artists procrastinate. They also persist. What is certain is that we carry ideas around for longer than we know, and part of the artistic venture is unearthing the source.
August 28, 2014
by Sonya Chung
Of the mess of books that has been unsystematically scattered throughout my home, and my life, which ones will make it to the nightstand? In what order will they be stacked? Perhaps most importantly: how will I decide?
August 25, 2014
Fishing, like writing, is a stab at permanence in a world of waiting.