Notable Articles

January 22, 2013

Introducing The Millions Originals and An Excerpt of Our First eBook, ‘Epic Fail’ 7

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To kick off our new series, Dublin-based staff writer Mark O’Connell has penned an exploration of the internet-era obsession with terrible art – bad YouTube pop songs, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, and that endless stream of “Worst Things Ever” that invades your inboxes, newsfeeds, and Twitter streams. What, exactly, draws us to these futile attempts at making songs, movies, and art? Read on for the first chapter of The Millions‘ first ebook original, Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever.

January 10, 2013

Ten Books to Read Now That HBO’s Girls Is Back 16

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These are books that — like Girls – explore what it is like to be young and hungry — hungry for love and hungry for sex, but most of all, hungry for recognition and hungry for adulthood. Ultimately, the girls in these books, like the girls of Girls, are hungry to become the women they will one day be.

January 7, 2013

Most Anticipated: The Great 2013 Book Preview 55

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At 7,900 words strong and encompassing 79 titles, this is the only 2013 book preview you will ever need.

October 30, 2012

Big Bird is History: Why We Fund PBS 15

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CTW’s Sesame Street started in 1969 as a grand experiment to see what would happen if you gave all children (inner city, rural kids, and suburban alike) entertaining pre-school lessons as a head start. When you consider the alternatives, this is an awfully cheap way to educate and unite kids all over the country.



October 22, 2012

Literary Fiction is a Genre: A List 38

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Let’s consider literary fiction as a straightforward genre, like romance or science fiction, with certain expected tropes and motifs.

September 11, 2012

Is This Book Bad, or Is It Just Me? The Anatomy of Book Reviews 36

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You can critique the critics. You can be a meta-Michiko. Use this knowledge wisely.

August 30, 2012

The Marquise Went out at Five O’clock: On Making Sentences Do Something 37

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When I find that a sentence I’m writing isn’t working, I don’t think about what I want that sentence to look like or to be; I don’t pull it from the page to weigh it in my hand; I don’t worry over its internal balance. I simply ask myself, ‘What do I need this sentence to do?’

August 15, 2012

“A Right Fit”: Navigating the World of Literary Agents 98

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If it sounds like I’m saying, “It’s all about who you know,” that’s because that is exactly what I’m saying. You can rail about how unfair that is, and how it makes publishing into an incestuous little club, and to a degree you would be right. But that’s the way the machine is built, people.

August 7, 2012

The Great Taxonomy of Literary Tumblrs: Round Two 40

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Six months ago, I rounded up a list of my favorite literary Tumblr accounts. Alas, six months in the real world is different from six months online, and Tumblr now has grown by a few million blogs. So with that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time for another list — a better list, a bigger list.

August 2, 2012

Dickens’s Best Novel? Six Experts Share Their Opinions 28

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What was Charles Dickens’s best novel? It depends whom you ask of course. Searching for clarity, I decided to pose the question to a handful of leading Victorianists. I sent out emails to select scholars asking them if they’d be interested in choosing a novel and making their case. Just about everyone I reached out to was game.