Lists

June 4, 2012

Ten Books to Read When Mad Men is Over 19

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Mad Men is about to disappear from our lives once again, leaving us to grapple alone with our complicated nostalgia for an era when men were men, women were secretaries, and alcoholism was glamorous. These books give a closer look at the era.

May 9, 2012

The Appeals and Perils of the One-Word Book Title 31

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At their best, one-word titles distill content to its purest essence, which is what all titles strive to do, and then they stick in the mind. Sometimes, of course, they fall flat, and much of the time they’re just lukewarm and vague or, worse, falsely grand.

April 30, 2012

How To Introduce an Author 22

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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 65

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

April 5, 2012

The Riches of White Trash 12

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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

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True villains are a hoot, everyone knows that.

February 9, 2012

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

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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

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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

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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

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