Lists Archives - The Millions
August 18, 2016
by Bill Morris
Publishing’s abiding obsession with fresh voices ignores a curious fact about our current literary scene: a startling number of the finest writers at work today are not twentysomethings; they’re eightysomethings.
July 27, 2016
by J.H. Pearl
This was a hard-nosed, hard-knuckled era — in life, in literature, and especially in literary criticism.
July 26, 2016
I have read it twice now and taken photographs of single pages and recited them as prayers, because prayers should be strange, and they should often sting.
July 22, 2016
A second wave of literary podcasts has emerged and allowed us to fuel our consumption of the medium. But only a handful of podcasts have transcended the limitations of the genre and broken through to find a wider audience.
July 13, 2016
Break out the beach umbrellas and the sun block. It’s shaping up to be a very hot summer (and fall!) for new nonfiction.
July 6, 2016
While it’s true that no single list could ever have everything worth reading, we think this one — at 9,000 words and 92 titles — is the only 2016 second-half book preview you’ll need.
July 1, 2016
by Ed Simon
For all of our tweedy jingoism, the United States seems rare among nations in not having an identifiable and obvious candidate for national epic.
June 24, 2016
The plot should involve hardship, anxiety, and a certain level of suffering; these hold my occasional bouts of existential dread at bay.
June 10, 2016
by Ed Simon
In the writing of Willa Cather, John Edgar Wideman, Michael Chabon, Stewart O’Nan, and Ellen Litman we see a fuller expression of the raw energy of Pittsburgh than one does in the simple platitudes of official civic boosters.
April 8, 2016
Novelists and essayists ponder the apocalypse, but poems are particularly suited toward capturing the anxiety of the end.