Year in Reading Archives - The Millions

December 23, 2015

Year in Reading Outro 3

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Year in Reading reminds me of that cinematic device where the camera slowly backs away from the characters we’ve been following until it’s looking at them from outside their window, and then back farther still until you see into their neighbors’ windows as well, and farther still to show a whole building of occupied windows, and then a whole city, until you are looking at hundreds of little scenes in hundreds of little windows.

December 22, 2015

A Year in Reading: Kate Harding 29

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As a 21st-century ranty feminist, I like to think I’m above all that, and yet there’s my actual reading list from the past year: A bunch of white women, and one mixed-race man.

December 22, 2015

A Year in Reading: Lauren Holmes 0

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I was excited about contributing to this list until I remembered that I mostly read celebrity memoirs and self-help books this year.

December 22, 2015

A Year in Reading: Maggie Nelson 0

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Chelsea Girls is a work of kinetic, ecstatic, muscular, hilarious, sorrowful, valiant, original, necessary, and timeless genius.

December 21, 2015

A Year in Reading: Rachel Eliza Griffiths 0

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Here, quickly, are some more titles, both old and new, that changed me, whether by their grief, their beauty, their joy, their violence, their ambition, their desire, their imagination, their history, or future, but always, by their truth and courage.

December 21, 2015

A Year in Reading: Kerry Howley 0

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Everyone tells you about the fog of unreason that follows a new baby. No one tells you about the day the fog lifts and you blink back into the world of human arrangement. It’s fucking awful.

December 21, 2015

A Year in Reading: Summer Brennan 0

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What rough and bloviating beast, with fake tan and tawny comb-over, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

December 20, 2015

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 0

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This year brought forth another crop of terrific books about the D, as we Detroiters refer to our beloved, beleaguered hometown.

December 20, 2015

A Year in Reading: Bruna Dantas Lobato 0

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I’d been searching for the stories I wish I’d written, stories in which characters wonder: where did my life, my memories, my language, and home go?

December 20, 2015

A Year in Reading: Michael Bourne 0

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So this is what it would be like to meet one of my favorite authors while on acid.