Reviews Archives - The Millions
July 25, 2016
by Ian Maleney
The combination of a life-left-behind and the lack of a distinct life-to-come leaves the book swirling in some kind of dream-like stasis, the tiny world of house and garden mushrooming until those narrow grounds constitute an entire universe.
July 18, 2016
Isenberg appears to have decided to write a history of poor white America and then persuaded herself that poor black America was only tangential to her story.
July 15, 2016
In Brightfellow, Ducornet forces readers to experience the physicality of reading, to feel and taste the act of storytelling.
July 14, 2016
by Nick Moran
The ideal Florida Man story involves a woman named Crystal Metheny firing a missile into a car, while a South Florida Man story involves bodybuilding ex-soldiers getting their international Molly ring busted because of a pornstar’s temper tantrum.
June 30, 2016
by Ashley Perez
Klosterman’s conversations with Neil deGrasse Tyson and string theorist Brain Greene prove to be fascinating, if creepy, measured discussions of whether life might be a simulation.
June 22, 2016
If novels are investigations into the workings of human existence — shouldn’t a baby, and a baby’s arrival, provide a useful key?
June 20, 2016
Junger’s quick look at violence, trauma, and modern anomie omits important information, and as a result ends up on shaky ground, failing to consider counterpoints or bring its own arguments to a close.
June 20, 2016
by Ruth Joffre
Roach’s writing is kinetic in the sense that it propels its readers forward, maintaining a speed and energy that keeps us turning the page, elongating a state of perpetual curiosity.
June 15, 2016
by Tess Malone
For Gaiman, the writing memoir is less about how to write and more about why we need writing.
June 13, 2016
by Brian Hurley
When Ludo takes his magnificent brain to public school for the first time, and discovers the exquisite agony of being misunderstood by a world of simpletons, I feel like Helen DeWitt “gets” me.