Year in Reading Archives - The Millions

December 23, 2016

Year in Reading Outro 3

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That’s a wrap.

December 23, 2016

A Year in Reading: Michelle Dean 0

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Old books remind you that we have been through bad things before, and will go through bad things again, and we will live through the tiny interstitial moments of joy that we get in dark times. Not because it is fair, but because we have to.

December 23, 2016

A Year in Reading: Chris McCormick 0

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More suspenseful than any novel I read this year, more haunting than any poetry I read this year, more illuminating than any academic take on the political landscape in Libya or anyplace else, The Return is a treasure.

December 22, 2016

A Year in Reading: Jane Hu 2

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If Ishiguro’s historical novel (about WWII, the opium wars, and the golden age of detective fiction) could speak, it would ask, ‘Girl, why you so obsessed with me?’

December 22, 2016

A Year in Reading: Lilliam Rivera 0

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If I’m not reading at least two books at a time I’m failing somehow.

December 22, 2016

A Year in Reading: Hamilton Leithauser 2

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Elizabeth Bishop is inspired. I read her when I feel uninspired.

December 21, 2016

A Year in Reading: Manuel Gonzales 0

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It has been a difficult year in reading for me because I have found myself increasingly drawn to reading snippets of news from my phone instead of books, and when that becomes too much for me to handle mentally or emotionally, escaping into cheesy super-hero television shows on the CW.

December 21, 2016

A Year in Reading: Jade Chang 0

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Reading his words feels like having a mouthful of blackberry hard candies, rich and uncomfortable and complex in all the best of ways.

December 21, 2016

A Year in Reading: Mensah Demary 1

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All I wanted was a literary life — a professional and artistic life defined by the act of creating literature, whether as a writer, a publisher of other writers, and even a curator of writers for live audiences — but achieving a dream simultaneously reveals a void.

December 20, 2016

A Year in Reading: Sylvia Whitman 0

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Working in a bookshop every day, it’s almost impossible not to slip a book into my pocket on the way out each evening.