Quick Hits Archives - The Millions

October 17, 2016

What Is It About Hibbing? 3


Whether it was the richly funded schools or the iron ore in the water or some other strange vortex (Hibbing is also, weirdly, at the epicenter of climate change), the town boasts an unusual number of writers, some of them culture-changers like Dylan.

September 28, 2016

Renegade Political Fiction: ‘The Revolutionaries Try Again’ 1


Economic, political and social violence are senseless, and render us unable to tell neat linear narratives about injustice and protest.

September 26, 2016

Exclusive First Look: Claire Cameron’s ‘The Last Neanderthal’ 1


Today we reveal the cover of staffer Claire Cameron’s upcoming novel, ‘The Last Neanderthal.’

September 9, 2016

What We’re Reading 0


From haikus to a macroeconomic treatise on American industrialism – with lots of novels and story collections in between, of course – here’s what we’re reading.

August 19, 2016

Airplane Reading 1


I write poetry, but I cannot read poetry on a plane.

August 18, 2016

Exclusive First Look: Edan Lepucki’s ‘Woman No. 17’ 0


Woman No. 17 is a “sinister, sexy noir” about art and motherhood set in the Los Angeles hills.

August 16, 2016

We Are 1: A Poem for Black Lives 1


This is an epic of identity. It proposes black identity (love, being wild) to its reader, as a written articulation of “black is beautiful”; it functions as a model of identity to adhere to and trust.

August 4, 2016

Making Strange: On Laura Vapnyar’s ‘Still Here’ 0


Vapnyar shows us America, the beautiful and absurd, managing to satirize it without ever losing sympathy for the people living in it.

August 2, 2016

A Short Endorsement of Anton Chekhov for Your Next Beach Read 5


It is 1899. Summer is in full swing in Yalta.

July 29, 2016

The Art of Artlessness: Lessons from Bad Books 1


A bad book, so-called, has just as much to teach us as a good book. It is often a far better teacher than any work that is uniformly artful, where excellence disguises the nuts and bolts of craft.