Lists Archives - The Millions

September 22, 2016

Don’t Call It Chi-Town (And Other Things to Learn in Chicago Books) 3

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview 25

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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

Songs of Ourselves: Searching for America’s Epic Poem 3

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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

A Summer Reading List for Wretched Assholes Who Prefer to Wallow in Someone Else’s Misery 15

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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.