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November 5, 2014

Infuriating, Possibly Illuminating: On ‘The List of Books’ 2

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What sets The List apart are the thirteen Michelin Guide-type symbols (a magnifying glass, an American flag, an armchair, etc.) that Raphael and McLeish used to flag titles as (for example) a “major masterpiece,” a “seminal work that changed our thinking,” and “a particular pleasure to read.”

November 4, 2014

Sic 0

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We’ve published essays before on the importance of good grammar, but it’s rare that something comes along that illustrates its value so clearly. A couple weeks ago, the Times published a blurb about This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, a recent essay collection by Ann Patchett, that led to the author sending in what […]

November 4, 2014

The Millions Top Ten: October 2014 4

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Three books debut, including one from a writer well-known to Millions readers.

November 4, 2014

“Archetypal and chthonic” 0

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Recommended Reading: The LARB’s tribute to the late Galway Kinnell.

November 4, 2014

Proto-Stalin 0

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The world isn’t exactly wanting for character studies of Captain Ahab, but Chris Power manages to come up with a novel analysis of the character in this essay about the Moby-Dick antagonist. In Power’s telling, Ahab was valuable in part for what he told us about the 20th century — namely, he foreshadowed the dictators […]

November 4, 2014

To the Edge of Sanity 0

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Edmund Wilson famously said of the works of H.P. Lovecraft that “the only real horror in most of these fictions is the horror of bad taste and bad art.” In time, however, Lovecraft developed a substantial following, which raises the question of what attracted readers to his work. The answer? “The weird realism that runs […]

November 4, 2014

The Boy Who Would Be Crichton 4

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That Crichton’s magnum opus involved dinosaurs – my other great childhood obsession – seemed to dictate that my own should, too. The rest, I assumed, would come naturally to a prodigious talent such as myself.

November 4, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Johnson; Ford; Millet; Hunter; Kadare; Jin; Rash; Self 0

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Out this week: The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson; Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford; Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet; Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter; Twilight of the Eastern Gods by Ismail Kadare; A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin; Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash; and Shark by Will Self. For more on these and other new titles, check out our […]

November 3, 2014

Strange and New 0

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Last week, I pointed readers to an article about Michael Faber’s latest book and his decision to quit writing fiction. Now, in the Times Book Review, Marcel Theroux sizes up the novel, writing that “the reader is drawn through the book effortlessly, by the combination of incidental strangeness and the suspenseful handling of plot.”

November 3, 2014

Flyboys 0

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Recommended Reading: James Salter on a new book about American pilots in World War I.