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June 15, 2016

Let’s Not Get It On: The Indefensible Sex Scene 15

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How can you take me there if the word “loins” is used even once? How can you take me there if you won’t admit that there are smells? And pubic hairs that must occasionally be plucked from the tip of your tongue or hocked up discreetly in the shower sometime later.

June 14, 2016

In Today’s Terms 0

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Recommended Reading: On queer terminology and writing queer history.

June 14, 2016

Memoirs of Damage 0

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“I was being paranoid, but those of us who write memoirs should never underestimate the damage they can cause. I’ve seen close relationships rocked by a memoir. I’ve seen parents stop speaking to their children for years. Memoirs pose a natural threat to the family mythology, those portraits framed on the mantel piece that say […]

June 14, 2016

Help Me Choose My Next Beach Read 6

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My beach read should help me forget the roaming packs of half-feral children who will no doubt be kicking sand in my eyes and screeching like wounded monkeys. So I don’t want to read Lord of the Flies or Blood Meridian.

June 14, 2016

Avoiding Unnecessary Punctuation 0

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Over at The Washington Post, Jeff Guo makes a case against periods. As he puts it, “When we get excited, the pauses between our sentences shrink. We speak in run-ons. […] A period feels too weighty.” Also check out this Millions piece on the benefits of excising quotation marks.

June 14, 2016

Allies Respond 1

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Writers John Keene, Dawn Martin Lundy, and others respond to the mass shooting in Orlando. “Homophobia, transphobia, and ideologically-nurtured hatreds of all kinds, coupled with semi-automatic weapons, provide the fuel for terror, in this case literally,” says Keene.

June 14, 2016

Bibliotherapy for Fiction Lovers 1

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Ceridwen Dovey asks, can reading make you happier?

June 14, 2016

I Will Never Sing Adviser Karaoke at Yearbook Camp 1

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In some ways, yearbook camp felt like an extended Tony Robbins seminar. Each morning we met in the auditorium, where one of the staff led us in a group chant to get us fired-up for the day. I am from New Jersey, and only get fired-up for pizza and pork roll sandwiches.

June 14, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Proulx; Ausubel; Notaro; de Botton; Cline 0

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Out this week: Barkskins by Annie Proulx; Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel; I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro; The Course of Love by Alain de Botton;  and The Girls by Emma Cline (which we reviewed).  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 […]

June 13, 2016

Like It or Love It? 0

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Recommended Reading: A very long (and informative) piece on Tom Vanderbilt’s new book, You May Also Like, and why people enjoy the things they do in the Age of the Internet.