Curiosities

January 17, 2015

Too Many Books 0

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“My scant respect for the trade to which I belong (from the most ancient of academicians to the most youthful of libelists) derives from a childhood home in which I grew used to mistreating and misusing almost all the seminal texts from the history of culture.” Javier Marias on the dangers of growing up with […]

January 17, 2015

Kindle to Impress 0

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So you got a new Kindle for Christmas, and you’ve loaded it up with all our ebook recommendations? That’s great, but it may not be enough. Best to add a few ebooks to impress anyone who happens to come across your e-reader, just in case, and McSweeney’s has just the list.

January 16, 2015

The Audio Revolution 1

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Audiobooks: the next revolution in publishing? The Year in Reading entries from Julia Fierro and Michelle Huneven, both of whom won the “The Gutenberg Award for Time-Saving Technology” in our yearly round-up, may point to “yes”.

January 16, 2015

Great, No, Greatest 0

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“Art isn’t a footrace. No one comes in first place. Greatness is not a universally agreed-upon value. … America isn’t one story. It’s a layered and diverse array of identities, individual and collective, forged on contradictory realities that are imbued with and denied privilege and power. Our obsession with the Great American Novel is perhaps […]

January 16, 2015

Medieval Marginalia 0

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“Now I’ve written the whole thing; for Christ’s sake give me a drink.” Lapham’s Quarterly has collected some medieval marginalia, much of which feels very modern indeed. Pair with Sam Anderson‘s “A Year in Marginalia.”

January 16, 2015

At What Age? 0

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This week in book-related infographics: a look at “What Age Do Writers Publish Their Most Famous Works?” from Electric Literature.

January 15, 2015

Neglected Classics 0

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Readers and writers and professors tend to read and talk about the same books over and over again. Moby-Dick? Check. Anna Karenina? Of course. But what about the books that deserve the same attention and love but don’t seem to get it? There are too many to name, of course, but The American Scholar has put together […]

January 15, 2015

New Novel from David Mitchell 0

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David Mitchell fans, good news! The author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas will publish a new novel called Slade House this coming October. Even better? It’s based on his short-story-via-Twitter, “The Right Sort,” which The Millions first collected and published.

January 15, 2015

LeBron James, Cleveland and the Personal Essay 0

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“No one in his or her right mind would read James’s essay in order to vouch for or against its literary quality, but I am here to do just that.” Ryan Lejarde parses LeBron James‘s “I’m Coming Home” for The Rumpus and comes to myriad conclusions about sports, literature, and what it means to love […]

January 15, 2015

Tolstoy as Diarist 0

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What do you do if you’re Leo Tolstoy, 20 years old and being treated in isolation for venereal disease? Start a diary, of course. Because you’re Tolstoy, you’ll probably use this diary to make a plan of your day, and then comment on how your actual activities line up with your ideals (“not quite,” usually). And, […]