Lists Archives - The Millions

October 20, 2016

What the Deuce: The Curse Words of Charles Dickens 4


If Dickens had a favorite indecent oath, it would have been the oh-so-versatile D-word.

October 18, 2016

Five Novels I Won’t Write 12


Alas, I have only one life, and one voice, and only three days of childcare a week to write.

October 12, 2016

20 Reasons Why You Should Read Literary Magazines 3


1. The writers you will love tomorrow are being published there today.

October 3, 2016

October Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month) 4


Here’s what we’re looking out for this month.

September 22, 2016

Don’t Call It Chi-Town (And Other Things to Learn in Chicago Books) 4


Instead of best Chicago books, this selection focuses on books that use a Chicago-centric perspective to address challenges that other places similarly confront.

August 18, 2016

Octogenarian Hotties 21


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

Literary Beatdowns: or, Excerpts from Smollett’s ‘Critical Review’ 2


This was a hard-nosed, hard-knuckled era — in life, in literature, and especially in literary criticism.

July 26, 2016

50 Reasons Why You Should Read Joy Williams 1


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

Audio Only: On the Rise of the Literary Podcast 13


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

Most Anticipated, Too: The Great Second-Half 2016 Nonfiction Book Preview 8


Break out the beach umbrellas and the sun block. It’s shaping up to be a very hot summer (and fall!) for new nonfiction.