Notable Articles

March 21, 2012

It’s All in Your Head: The Problems With Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine 52


As Lehrer writes, “Until we understand the set of mental events that give rise to new thoughts, we will never understand what makes us so special.” This claim raises the stakes for the book. The problem is, it’s probably just not true.

March 1, 2012

Ban This Book: An Uncensored Look At The Lorax And Other Dangerous Books 7


Am I a closet censor, ready to suppress repugnant ideologies while trumpeting the importance of Banned Books Week? The short answer is yes. The fact is, when censorship fits with one’s values, even the staunchest defenders of free speech are willing to bend the rules.

February 17, 2012

Crime Pays: Jo Nesbø Talks about Killing Harry Hole and the Best Job in the World 15


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 76


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


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. 63


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 24


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 97


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


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


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