Curiosities

November 17, 2014

Dubliners Day 0

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In 2004, much of the literary world celebrated the hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday, aka the setting of James Joyce’s Ulysses. This year, we’re celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Dubliners, which our own Mark O’Connell once described as “a collection which writers of the short story form seem basically resigned to never surpassing.” At The Paris Review […]

November 16, 2014

Designing ‘The Laughing Monsters’ 0

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Continuing our conversation on book covers: a look at rejected designs for Denis Johnson‘s The Laughing Monsters.

November 16, 2014

Interview with Margaret Drabble 0

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Recommended reading: Lydia Perović talks with Margaret Drabble for The Believer about feminist fiction, the Aeneid, Iris Murdoch and writing female characters.

November 16, 2014

Literary Real Estate 0

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Test your knowledge of famous settings and / or fantasize about living in a “secluded picturesque manor with history” or a “palatial long island home” perfect for parties: “Classic Houses in Literature Go on the Imaginary Real Estate Market – a Quiz.”

November 15, 2014

Cover to Cover 0

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Here at The Millions, we know the importance of a book’s cover (for evidence see here, here, here and here), so Margaret Sullivan‘s new project, Jane Austen Cover to Cover, has our attention. A sample of covers for Emma, available on The Paris Review‘s blog, “provides a fascinating glimpse into a variety of publishing cultures, […]

November 15, 2014

Ebook Infographic 0

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This week in book-related infographics: On the state of ebooks in publishing.

November 15, 2014

With One Eye Squinted 0

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“I can with one eye squinted take it all as a blessing.” The New Yorker reports on “Flannery O’Connor‘s Manhattan Memorial” and pitch-perfect quotation.

November 14, 2014

Critiques for Charity 0

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We’ve seen a lot of interesting literary fundraisers (and are still a bit in awe of Catstarter) but a recent campaign goes beyond the usual Kickstarter: a group of well-known American writers, from Heather McHugh to Philip Levine to Rebecca Makkai, will be selling manuscript critiques later this month to benefit Caregifted.org.

November 14, 2014

Earnest vs. Humorous 0

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“Maybe our anointed literary books just have to be earnest ones because earnest ones showcase that soupçon of intelligence. Maybe humor isn’t felt to indicate a genuine commitment to looking smart.” Year in Reading alum Lydia Millet talks with Jenny Offill about humor writing, what books are “anointed” as modern classics, and Millet’s new book, Mermaids […]

November 14, 2014

Meg Wolitzer Wonders 0

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Recommended reading: Meg Wolitzer wonders “why are teenage girls drawn to books about mental instability?“