Notable Articles

February 17, 2012

Crime Pays: Jo Nesbø Talks about Killing Harry Hole and the Best Job in the World 14

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I had worked as a taxi driver, a stockbroker. A fishing trawler. I had many kinds of jobs. And I know this is the greatest job that you can have. To actually get up in the morning and people are paying you to do what you really want to do. To come up with these stories.

February 16, 2012

The Arcades Project: Martin Amis’ Guide to Classic Video Games 75

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Invasion of the Space Invaders is the madwoman in the attic of Amis’ house of nonfiction; many have heard rumors of its shameful presence, but few have seen it with their own eyes.

February 15, 2012

On Getting Paid: Literary Magazines and Remuneration 42

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The economy of literary magazines appears to be a closed system. Money is tight, payment is low, and subscriptions and institutional support appear to be the final hope for sustenance. Does it have to be that way?

February 8, 2012

Judging Books by Their Covers: U.S. Vs. U.K. 62

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We are undoubtedly swayed by the little billboard that is the cover of every book we read.

February 7, 2012

This Chart Is a Lonely Hunter: The Narrative Eros of the Infographic 21

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We’ve given today’s visual storytellers considerable power: for better or worse, they are the new meaning-makers, the priests of shorthand synthesis. We’re dependent on these priests to scrutinize, bundle, and produce beautiful information for us so that we can have our little infogasm and then retweet the information to our friends.

February 3, 2012

Dashboard? More Like Bookshelf: Your Guide to Literary Tumblrs 96

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About two months ago, The Millions joined the Tumblr community. The platform is perfectly suited for dynamic storytelling, and as a direct result, it is home to some of the friendliest book lovers around.

February 1, 2012

I Greet You in the Middle of a Great Career: A Brief History of Blurbs 45

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Hyperbole, fakery, shameless cronyism: blurbs, like bullshit, existed long before the term coined to describe them.

January 3, 2012

Most Anticipated: The Great 2012 Book Preview 83

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At 8,400 words strong and encompassing 81 titles, this is the only 2012 book preview you will ever need.

December 5, 2011

12 Holiday Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use 41

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Writers get blank journals for the same reasons that teachers get mugs, assistants get flowers, and grandmothers get tea. If you want to give the writer in your life something he or she will truly adore, here are twelve ideas.

December 1, 2011

A Year in Reading 2011 35

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For an eighth year, we asked some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to look back, reflect, and share. Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2012 a fruitful one.