April 8, 2015
Several months ago, The New York Times published an article about a 36-question interview devised to make strangers fall in love. The questions presented here are designed with a more modest goal: to have an interesting conversation about books.
February 23, 2015
For writers, the last sentences aren’t about reader responsibility at all — it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stop worrying about what comes next, because nothing does. No more keeping the reader interested, no more wariness over giving the game away. This is the best time for a writer to get real, to depict reality as they see it, without compromises, without fear.
February 18, 2015
You want to know how weird and deep my rabbit hole goes? I’ve developed what I’ll call an eccentricity about chapters.
February 17, 2015
Lent is the most literary season of the liturgical year. The Lenten narrative is marked by violence, suffering, anticipation, and finally, joy. Here is a literary reader for Lent: 40 stories, poems, essays, and books for the 40 days of this season.
February 11, 2015
All I had to do was be willing to remorselessly pump out paranormal pornography like nobody’s business. Could I accept this challenge?
January 21, 2015
I couldn’t really picture myself living here. But I tried anyway. I had a premonition of standing in the middle of a pretty-decent sized kitchen, sautéing garlic shrimp for my blow-up girlfriend.
January 6, 2015
I recently spoke with a range of authors who shared the best piece of writing advice they ever received. Some answers were brief and memorizable, some were longer and drew me into the author’s world and creative process.
January 5, 2015
At 9,000 words strong and encompassing 91 titles, this is the only 2015 book preview you will ever need.
December 1, 2014
For the past few years, The Millions has offered a holiday gift list for writers. This year we’d like to give readers their due, with a list of bookish treats. Because where would writers be without readers? Also, let’s face it: discriminating and avid readers can be as difficult to shop for as cranky writers.
December 1, 2014
by C. Max Magee
As we kick off another Year in Reading, please enjoy these riches from some of our favorite writers and thinkers.