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April 10, 2011

The Teenage Years are More Dystopian Than Ever 2

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Led by Millions Top Tenner The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, dystopia is unseating vampires as the dominant theme in teen fiction, according to The Independent. The paper lists several other examples of the hot new trend, including Plague by Michael Grant and Matched by Ally Condie. (We’d argue that with dystopian classics like 1984 […]

April 9, 2011

Sidney Lumet Dies at 86 0

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Sidney Lumet, director of 12 Angry Men, Serpico, and many other classic films, has died at 86.

April 9, 2011

Celebrating Beverly Cleary 1

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With her 95th birthday approaching, Beverly Cleary gets the profile treatment in the Times. (previously at The Millions: Cleary’s underappreciated memoirs)

April 9, 2011

“It was the perfect literary crime” 0

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Amid recent discussion here and elsewhere about what to do about bad reviews, in the Washington Post Chris Bohjalian writes of the time he resisted the temptation to pan a book by the teacher who almost crushed his nascent literary career.

April 9, 2011

Writerly Pets 0

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Famous authors and their dogs, photographed by Jill Krementz.  Via The Daily Dish.

April 8, 2011

The Soul of Science: Brian Greene’s The Hidden Reality 1

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The Hidden Reality, we begin to realize, is a manifesto for a particular conception of science—one in which the possibility of other universes is worth investigating to the fullest, even if we can never experimentally detect, let alone visit, those realms.

April 7, 2011

The Best Episode of Science Friday Ever? 0

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Public radio program Science Friday has quite a lineup on tap this week: “Science and art often seem to develop in separate silos, but many thinkers are inspired by both. Novelist Cormac McCarthy, filmmaker Werner Herzog, and physicist Lawrence Krauss discuss science as inspiration for art and Herzog’s new film on the earliest known cave […]

April 7, 2011

The AOL Layoff Carnage 0

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At The Awl, a former AOL freelancer reports on the layoff carnage there in the wake of the HuffPo acquisition.

April 7, 2011

The Millions Interview: Karen Russell 7

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“I had a lot of fun writing Swamplandia! because it felt like I could juggle different kinds of worlds. And I feel like in life we’re all sort of operating in different registers all the time.”

April 7, 2011

After the Violence, Life: Alan Heathcock’s Volt 1

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Volt, set primarily in the fictional Midwest town of Krafton and dipping into different decades of the 20th century, evokes Tim Gautreaux, Daniel Woodrell, and Breece D’J Pancake.