Lists

February 14, 2013

Walking Enigmas: On the Reading Habits of Teen Boys 12

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Teenage boys might be closed books, but the ones that they open are those in which the author manages to capture the honest-to-god truth about coming age.

January 23, 2013

Finding an Audience Abroad: Who’s Read in France 17

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Most literary novelists feel relatively confident they can sell copies of their newly published book to their parents, probably to their siblings, maybe (if they haven’t sparred too often over loud music or lawnmowers or leaf blowers) to their neighbors. Whose work gets read outside of America?

January 7, 2013

Most Anticipated: The Great 2013 Book Preview 55

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At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.

January 2, 2013

Millions Meta-Data 2012 0

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Before we get too far into 2013, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2012.

December 3, 2012

10 More Holiday Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use 8

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This year’s list is inspired by my e-reader, which I received last year as a Christmas present. It took me most of the year to incorporate it into my reading routine, but now, as more of my reading happens electronically, I’m feeling nostalgic for all things bookish and old-fashioned.

November 27, 2012

The Notables: 2012 13

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This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out.

November 27, 2012

Finding True Love, Finding a Literary Agent 30

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Your agent relationship is akin to a marriage.

November 12, 2012

Philip Roth Retires: 10 Lessons from the Professor of Desire 16

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People are animals. The flesh is weak. Beware of ideology. And New Jersey is beautiful.

November 7, 2012

The Unelectable in Literature: A Rogue’s Gallery 1

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This list considers those literary political or public figures who would not have withstood much scrutiny in the modern age. In contrast to the predictable quality of even the most captivating political biography, these tales favor the eerie or the bizarre over the electable in their consideration of political life.

October 22, 2012

Literary Fiction is a Genre: A List 39

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Let’s consider literary fiction as a straightforward genre, like romance or science fiction, with certain expected tropes and motifs.