Notable Articles

July 8, 2013

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2013 Book Preview 19


At 9,000 words strong and encompassing 86 titles, this is the only second-half 2013 book preview you will ever need.

June 5, 2013

Modern Life is Rubbish: Tao Lin’s Taipei 95


There is a small, deadly class of book that makes you never want to set pen to paper again. Tao Lin’s novel is a grave case of this kind, where you are faced with the consequences of writing down all the things you do or think. What if they sound like this? Colorless, witless, humorless. Picking out individual passages cannot express their cumulative monotonous assault on the senses.

May 17, 2013

Judging Luhrmann’s Gatsby: Five English Scholars Weigh In 23


You might think that the people who know Fitzgerald’s novel best would have the most disapproving view of the movie. To test that hypothesis, we asked five English professors who specialize in American literature to take in an early showing and share their thoughts. And to our surprise, they liked it.

May 6, 2013

So That If I Died It Mattered 33


When asked to explain my choices, I’ve said, “Art is how you explain what it feels like to be alive in the 21st century. I am an emotional historian.” But that’s really my answer to, “Why should we all make art?” My why is more personal.

April 1, 2013

Amazon Announces Purchase of English™ 25


Plans are also in the works to acquire German, Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese, Bezos said, as well as several nonstandard dialects of English™, including African-American Vernacular English, popular among the highly desirable 18-25 upscale suburban demographic.

March 25, 2013

The Weird 1969 New Wave Sci-Fi Novel that Correctly Predicted the Current Day 47


Stand on Zanzibar is set in the year 2010, and this allows us to make a point-by-point comparison and marvel at novelist John Brunner’s uncanny ability to anticipate the shape of the world to come. Indeed, his vision of the year 2010 even includes a popular leader named President Obomi.

February 11, 2013

Judging Books by Their Covers 2013: U.S. Vs. U.K. 58


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

January 22, 2013

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


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 17


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 57


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