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June 28, 2016

Teaching in Translation 0

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Over at Words Without Borders, Marguerite Feitlowitz writes on teaching the art of literary translation. As she puts it, “Bringing texts from one place to another, from one tongue, context, history, and human body to another, is itself a political act. We can tell the history of the world through the history of when major […]

June 28, 2016

The Birth of the Novel 0

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Recommended Reading: On Herman Melville and his reputation for “being sexually dangerous, and even depraved.”

June 28, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Proehl; Steiner; Shapiro; Anam; Wright; Cluchey; Addonizio 0

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New this week: A Hundred Thousand Words by Bob Proehl; Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner; The Sun in Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro; The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam; The Swan Book by Alexis Wright; The Life of the World to Come by Dan Cluchey; and Mortal Trash by Kim Addonizio. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great 2016 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop […]

June 28, 2016

There Is No Handbook for Being a Writer 0

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I’m not 22 or even 42 and do not have the benefit of time, but I do have one advantage.

June 27, 2016

This Decadent Court 0

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The Toast is nearing the end of its long, hilarious run. Hurry up and check out the new pieces while you still can — like this helpful guide as to whether or not you are in a Regency-era novel written after the end of the Regency, full of dead giveaways like: “There is lace at your throat […]

June 27, 2016

Little Emotions in the Person 0

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Recommended Reading: On Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie and the art of hiding one’s feelings — whether helpful or detrimental.

June 27, 2016

Burning Yearning Being Burning Yearning 0

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“To be awake was a thing many had dreamed of, while continuing to sleep for years, like the famous princess in her coffin of glass. Once I opened a Chinese fortune cookie that said, Some will attain their heart’s desire, alas.” Revisiting this fantastic Anne Carson poem, “The Day Antonioni Came to the Asylum (Rhapsody),” […]

June 27, 2016

Breathless and Unexplainable Dread: On This Summer’s Horror Fiction 0

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The best horror fiction accounts for the heart’s profound sensitivity — its vulnerability to alarm and suspense — and the best horror writers understand that the heart, as much as the mind, is able to gauge and comprehend the forces, processes, shadows, and shapes of fear.

June 27, 2016

Metaphor and Memory, Fame and Folly 0

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“’This splendid lady sandbagged me,’ Bloom said in a recent phone conversation, with the lofty, ungrudging admiration of an old general recalling an opposite number’s surprise attack at some long-ago battle. Flummoxed, he asked if they had not made an agreement. Ozick, Bloom recollects, said, ‘When you are dealing with the devil, you must be […]

June 27, 2016

Ultra-Unreal Reality 0

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Does modern China need its own literary sub-genre? On trying to understand China’s “ultra-unreal” reality: “If Magic Realism was the way in which Latin American authors presented their view of their reality, then Ultra-Unreal Realism should be our name for the literature through which the Chinese regard their reality. The Chinese word ‘chaohuan’ (ultra-unreal) is something […]