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April 19, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Knausgaard; Lynch; Means; MacManus; Sittenfeld 0

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Out this week: My Struggle: Book Five by Karl Ove Knausgaard; Before the Wind by Jim Lynch; Hystopia by David Means; Midnight in Berlin by James MacManus; and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great 2016 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.

April 18, 2016

Significant Thinking 0

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“Over the course of our conversation, I’ve come to understand that he has not written (Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings) to provoke or to engender a self-serving sense of shock; he has written with a belief in the possibilities of liminal space and in the revelations that occur at the point of tension. The result […]

April 18, 2016

Show Up, Don’t Show Up 0

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“You’ll engage with your advisor in a free-form dialogue about essential skills such as plotting your next career, pacing your financial ruin, structuring TV binge-watching during optimal writing hours, and characterizing all of this as ‘learning how to fail.’” Hey, this new low-competency MFA from the fictitious Half Mast College sounds pretty great. Here’s our […]

April 18, 2016

No, I Will Speak 0

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“How had no one ever told me about (Othello‘s) Emilia, who, in only a couple of lines, brings down one of the most conniving, merciless villains in all of Western literature? How had no one told me about this fantastic female character who defies not one but two sword-wielding men in order to make sure […]

April 18, 2016

A Poetic Road Map 0

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We’re midway through National Poetry Month, so get reading! Are you finding yourself a bit daunted by all of the great writers out there? Then head on over to The Literary Hub for this lovely, comprehensive list of thirty poets you should be reading.

April 18, 2016

To Kill a Reputation 0

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Harper Lee may have died earlier this year, but the drama surrounding her final years rages on. Last week, a stage adaptation of Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird was performed in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, as it has for many years. This time, however, things got a bit contentious. Here’s a dispatch from Monroeville by Robert […]

April 17, 2016

For the Squares 0

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“To use the lingo of their era, these novels are square. The protagonists have names like Jane and Barbara; they are not the misfits of which much teen literature is made but instead fundamentally good girls who long to fit in, and usually do … Viewed through the lens of contemporary culture, and especially contemporary teen lit, […]

April 17, 2016

Finished or Completed? 0

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Recommended Reading: This long look at “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” an exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art which explores the difference between completing and finishing an artwork.

April 17, 2016

The Sunshine(?) State 0

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Was Miami made for the mystery novel? The most iconic mysteries and detective novels are anchored firmly in their sense of place, and no place is more hospitable to commodifiable crime and violence than sunny South Beach. If it’s more Florida weirdness you’re after, look no further than our own Nick Moran.

April 17, 2016

Some People Are Noble 0

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“The terrible thing is that the reality behind these words depends ultimately on what the human being (meaning every single one of us) believes to be real. The terrible thing is that the reality behind all these words depends on choices one has got to make, for ever and ever and ever, every day.” James […]