Reviews Archives - The Millions

September 29, 2016

A Danger to Others: On Teddy Wayne’s ‘Loner’ 0

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Loner is not about bullying’s bloody aftermath, or how Mental Health Services can do more to thwart shootings on school campuses. It’s about men — in particular, white men of privilege — feeling entitled to women’s bodies.

September 28, 2016

Renegade Political Fiction: ‘The Revolutionaries Try Again’ 1

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

September 19, 2016

Loving That Wild Thing: Leigh Stein’s ‘Land of Enchantment’ 1

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He’s the guy with the electric eyes and unkempt hair. The guy with the daddy issues and the temper and the drug problem. We are the good girls. We don’t drink or make trouble. We come from good families. So why do we need to tame that wild thing?

September 15, 2016

Humanity’s Dogged Endurance: On Alexander Weinstein’s ‘Children of the New World’ 1

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Weinstein seems to say that while we can make startling advances in Internet porn, we cannot clean up the mess we’ve made of our environment—but that pessimism is deceptive.

September 15, 2016

The Intimately Epic Poem We Need: On ‘IRL’ by Tommy Pico 0

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The digitized, the pop culture, the intimate, the political, and the literary all bleed together, revealing the connective tissue of language that often is as confusing as it is humorous.

September 14, 2016

The Body Doesn’t Lie: On Ian McEwan’s ‘Nutshell’ 4

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McEwan, this once at least, has decided to shuffle off the mortal coil of realism in favor of an impossible point of view.

September 13, 2016

Throwing Out the Instruction Manual: On Alexandra Kleeman’s ‘Intimations’ 12

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Kleeman is working in the surrealism-neighboring-naturalism tradition of preceding wunderkinds like Téa Obreht and Jonathan Safran Foer, where sections of dreamlike allegory supplement sections telling the primary “real life” story.

September 13, 2016

Scars That Never Fade: On Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ 0

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How can a country ever put such a period behind it? Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill won’t change the fact that American money was used to purchase people.

September 12, 2016

A Reader’s Diary: On Alan Moore’s ‘Jerusalem’ 2

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Moore, you sadist. Moore, you genius.

September 8, 2016

Keep Trying. Be Content: On Belle Boggs’s ‘The Art of Waiting’ 0

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Boggs sees motherhood everywhere, like I do: it’s inescapable, especially because we do not have it.