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May 13, 2008

The Prizewinners: International Edition 3


Max’s recent post cataloging 13 years of Anglo-American “Prizewinners” got me wondering… what were the most decorated books in foreign-language fiction during the same period? And how many of them are currently available in English? I assumed that, in an Internet age, this information would be easy to come by in consolidated form; as it […]

April 23, 2008

The Prizewinners Revisited 4


A while back, I put together a post called “The Prizewinners,” which asked what books had been decreed by the major book awards to be the “best” books over that period. These awards are arbitrary but just as a certain number of batting titles and MVPs might qualify a baseball player for consideration by the […]

February 22, 2008

On Our Shelves: 45 Favorite Short Story Collections 23


To wrap up Short Story Week here at The Millions, we conducted an informal poll of our contributors, asking them to name their favorite English-language short story collections. The results form a kind of subjective bibliography, a personal pantheon of 45 favorite collections. We’ve added links to our blurbs and reviews where appropriate. We hope […]

January 18, 2008

The Many Rules of Writing 4


Many writers staring at the blank page have longed for rules to guide them in their efforts, and many such rules have been offered. Elmore Leonard made a foray into this crowded genre late last year with his new book, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. The book is adapted from a 2001 New York […]

January 5, 2008

Millions Meta-Data 2007 0


I was going through the site analytics, checking out what kind of year The Millions had and I thought it might be fun to share some of the stuff I found out. Looking at the site’s most visited pages, there were some “evergreen” favorites in the top spots: Hard to Pronounce Literary Names Redux: the […]

January 4, 2008

The Most Anticipated Books of 2008 16


With 2007 in the rear view mirror, we now look ahead to a new year of reading, one packed with intriguing titles. Let’s kick off with a pair that Garth was already pining for a year ago: Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones) won the Prix Goncourt and was a runaway bestseller in France. […]

November 26, 2007

What, if Anything, I Taught Them 3


This fall, among other pursuits, I’ve been teaching one section of “Composition & Rhetoric” at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. I’ve led fiction writing workshops at the university level before, but this has been my first foray into expository writing. At times, I’ve found myself questioning my professorial fitness (as regular readers of this blog […]

November 24, 2007

The Notables 1


This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year is out. At 100 titles, the list is more of a catalog of the noteworthy than a distinction. Looking at the fiction, it appears that some of these books crossed our radar as well: The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta: A most anticipated book. After […]

July 27, 2007

A History of Magic: A Children’s Librarian Reflects on Harry Potter, and Offers a Post-Hogwarts Syllabus 3


As the media phenomenon du jour, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has put pressure on the commentariat to provide Potter-related context or controversy – anything to get readers to spend a few minutes with us, rather than J.K. Rowling! And herein lies a danger: in our zeal to ride Harry’s coattails (broomstick?) to glory, […]

July 16, 2007

The McSweeney’s Top 10: A Highly Subjective List 2


For no reason other than that it is July, we forthwith offer a highly subjective ranking of the best issues of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. (Editor’s Note: Many of these issues no longer seem to be available at the McSweeney’s Store. We remind you, however, that in the wake of the AMS/PGW fiasco, buying directly from […]