Lists Archives - The Millions

June 24, 2016

A Summer Reading List for Wretched Assholes Who Prefer to Wallow in Someone Else’s Misery 14

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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

Hell with the Lid Taken Off: A Pittsburgh Reading List 6

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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

Enormous Zippers Unfastening: Ten Poems for the End of the World 3

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Novelists and essayists ponder the apocalypse, but poems are particularly suited toward capturing the anxiety of the end.

February 10, 2016

55 More Thoughts for English Teachers 3

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There are far more dangerous professions than teaching, but few are more difficult.

February 9, 2016

Transfigurations of Self and Soul: Four Essential Essay Collections 0

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A masterful essay collection is a metered intellectual exercise. Here are four essay collections worth reading: writers who challenge, surprise, and eventually reward their readers for staying the course.

January 25, 2016

The Golden Child: Seven Literary Editors Pick Their Favorite Issues 1

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How can you possibly have a favorite amongst your children?

January 22, 2016

CTRL-F, DELETE: Word-Trends, Sneaky Cliches, and Other Turns of Phrase You Should Immediately Delete From Your Manuscript 26

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For the sake of your writing — and for the patience of editorial staffs everywhere — keep one eye on what’s trending. If it sounds familiar, you’ve probably read it somewhere before. And, believe you me, so have we.

January 11, 2016

Most Anticipated, Too: The Great 2016 Nonfiction Book Preview 3

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Set aside some space on those bookshelves. This is looking to be a very, very good year for nonfiction.

January 5, 2016

The Whispered Language of Secrets and Fears: Ten Poems for People Who Hate Poetry 6

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Novels might bore, and short stories can frustrate, but poetry is the only genre of literature that elicits consistent hate.

January 4, 2016

Most Anticipated: The Great 2016 Book Preview 19

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While there’s no such thing as a list that has everything, we feel certain this preview — at 8,600 words and 93 titles — is the only 2016 book preview you’ll need.