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October 15, 2009

Nostalgia for a Life Never Lived and The Work of Rumer Godden 0


When Godden isn’t escaping into the scents and colors of India, she escapes into a world of nuns.

October 13, 2009

Dissecting the List: An Excursus 1


It’s probably its hospitality to debate that makes the “Best Of” list so popular in the first place. One can agree – yes! great list! – or dissent – Where is x? Why no y? – or inveigh against list-making itself, but in any case, the list holds up a mirror to one’s own preoccupations. As with any mirror, it is fearsomely hard to look away.

October 6, 2009

Working the Double Shift 30


The phrase “day job,” of course, implies that one’s passions lie elsewhere.

October 5, 2009

The Writing Dance 9


The life of an artist is all about flinging yourself into the world, the muck and annoyance and pleasure of it, and then pulling yourself out, to make art.

September 30, 2009

Seeing Red at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2


Standing in the US, where NEA studies claim that just over half of the population has pretty much stopped reading entirely, the Chinese government’s concern over the printed word seems slightly anachronistic.

September 18, 2009

The Beautiful Gifts That Students Bear 0


The spontaneity of it, each bringing a piece of him/herself, like revealing a little secret love affair, made for a kind of grooving jazz ensemble.

September 17, 2009

A Bolaño Syllabus 16


To help acclimate newcomers to this odd and essential author; to continue mapping the Bolañoverse, as Malcolm Cowley mapped Yoknapatawpha; and to impose some order on the flood of Bolaño releases, The Millions offers a syllabus.

September 14, 2009

Fated Love: The Work of Valerian Pidmohylny 0


Decades after their creation, Pidmohylny’s characters remain poignant.

September 10, 2009

Required Reading: The Medicine of Poetry 5


They think I have stopped mid-thought, suddenly discovering that I am in the wrong place, writing the wrong thing to the wrong students.

September 8, 2009

Decompensate Your Way To Better Fiction 2


I’ve been working the last two years on my first novel, which has certain elements of autobiography to it, and in that time I can’t help but notice a certain decline in the indicators of good mental health.