Lists

June 24, 2011

Six Egyptian Writers You Don’t Know But You Should 17

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More writers from Egypt made the longlist for the $50,000, 2011 International Arabic Prize for Fiction (IPAF) than writers from any other country. And now it was Egypt’s Arab Spring. Where was the work of these men and women, work that was a catalyst for the ongoing social transformation of the largest nation in the Middle East?

June 23, 2011

D.M.V.: An Incomplete List of Writers Who Met Death by Motor Vehicle 22

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Is it my imagination, or do an inordinate number of writers die in motor vehicle accidents?

May 31, 2011

Kindle-Proof Your Book in Seven Easy Steps! 28

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For the Luddite writer who wants to put her royalties where her mouth is, I offer the choicest trade secrets…plus a Top 10 list of eBook-resistant texts.

May 23, 2011

Boom! Crash!: A Handicapper’s Guide to Panic Lit 4

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The winners and the also-rans in the race for the best book on the Financial Panic of 2008.

May 20, 2011

The Perils of Reading Pregnant 26

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People’s protective urges extend beyond the body of the mother-to-be, and into her reading life. If literature is clogged with unhappy marriages, it’s certainly also darkened with dead babies and the complex melancholy of mothers.

May 18, 2011

Migrations: A Reading List 6

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Migration in its various forms is at the heart of a great many of my favorite plots in fiction. But beyond that it seems to me that migration, as an idea of motion, is inextricable from good fiction. Your characters must change—they must move, psychically at least, from point A to point B—and the plot must move forward.

February 28, 2011

Getting to Know the Presidents: The Presidential Biography Project 27

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Much as I love Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, I have a much more personal affection for the likes of Madison and Fillmore.

February 23, 2011

No More Model Airplanes: Essential Writing about Writing 16

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There’s technique, but there’s also passion, soul, grace, daring.

January 20, 2011

The Amazon Alphabet: From Audio Books to Zane 6

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The ABCs of Amazon: a peek into the reading habits of America and, like it or not, a primer for what’s popular in the world of books.

January 5, 2011

Millions Meta-Data 2010 1

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Before we get too far into 2011, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2010.