April 30, 2012

How To Introduce an Author 22


Should a beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning author have to hear the president of Northwestern’s Jewish students’ society call him Michael Sha-BONE 8 times in 2 minutes? No. Because he flew across the country to speak for 50 minutes in your overheated auditorium and you have the internet.

April 23, 2012

Tolstoy or Dostoevsky? 8 Experts on Who’s Greater 63


All mediocre novelists are alike; every great novelist is great in his own way.

April 5, 2012

The Riches of White Trash 12


Are poor rural white people really neglected in American literature? Hardly. They might be routinely scorned, marginalized, misunderstood, and reduced to caricature, but they’re not neglected. In fact, the canon is larded with writers who’ve put the riches of white trash culture to wondrous use.

February 14, 2012

Man-Eaters and Murderers: Vile Women in Fiction 17


True villains are a hoot, everyone knows that.

February 9, 2012

My Novel is Going Nowhere: Dispatches from a Literary Classic in Progress 6


In these brief dispatches, we see a writer struggle with his book, his health, his debts, and his own mind. In Roth’s doubts, many writers will recognize their own.

February 3, 2012

Dashboard? More Like Bookshelf: Your Guide to Literary Tumblrs 99


About two months ago, The Millions joined the Tumblr community. The platform is perfectly suited for dynamic storytelling, and as a direct result, it is home to some of the friendliest book lovers around.

January 27, 2012

Seven Reasons to Read A Dance to the Music of Time 16


The romantic relationships in this series are an utter mess. Almost everyone who gets married gets divorced, usually sooner rather than later; there’s infidelity all over the place; there is voyeurism and necrophilia and people showing up in the nude at surprising times.

January 6, 2012

Millions Meta-Data 2011 2


Before we get too far into 2012, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2011.

January 3, 2012

Most Anticipated: The Great 2012 Book Preview 83


At 8,400 words strong and encompassing 81 titles, this is the only 2012 book preview you will ever need.

December 29, 2011

The Alternative, The Underground, The Oh-Yes-That-One List of Favorite Books of 2011 7


I have reached out to a band of fresh voices (some new, some established, some you know, some you will soon) and compiled the alternative, the underground, the “oh-yes-that-one” list of favorite books of 2011.