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December 6, 2011

A Year In Reading: Chad Harbach 1

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It’s a tender comedy tinged with the absurdity of life, the thrill of sociability, and the imminence of death, which I guess is exactly the kind of book I like.

December 5, 2011

12 Holiday Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use 41

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Writers get blank journals for the same reasons that teachers get mugs, assistants get flowers, and grandmothers get tea. If you want to give the writer in your life something he or she will truly adore, here are twelve ideas.

December 5, 2011

“How should intellectuals write about acts of immense depravity?” 0

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This is a fantastic piece on W. H. Auden, “The Murder of Lidice”, and the importance of the ideological and political contexts of war. Joanna Bourke writes, “the flood of poems [after the Lidice massacre] actually served to draw attention away from the people of Lidice and towards the swollen sensibilities of the poets and […]

December 5, 2011

A Year in Reading: Geoff Dyer 1

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At the risk of telling American readers something they already know all about, Fox Butterfield’s book is brilliant and devastating.

December 5, 2011

“I have a lot of feelings about the meeting.” 0

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I highly recommend reading Jennifer Gilmore’s emotional essay on meeting “the birth mother.”

December 5, 2011

Beautifying Books 2

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As e-books gain market share, publishers are gussying up book designs. Free Press vice president and publisher Martha K. Levin says, “the message [is] that even if you’re buying 90 percent of your books on your e-reader, this is the one that you want to have on your bookshelf.” The article highlights 1Q84 as an […]

December 5, 2011

How Can You Support The Millions? 0

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Enjoying this year’s Year in Reading series? Learn about five easy (even free) ways you can support The Millions this holiday season and make special features like the Year in Reading possible.

December 5, 2011

A Year in Reading: Benjamin Hale 7

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Frantz Fanon was not punching the clock. He was not writing a book because he was a writer and writers write books. He was writing with dire passion, with an intensity of hate that only true love can birth.

December 5, 2011

“His choice solidifies the role of the artist or poet in his/her city.” 0

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Katie Smither explains the recent hullabaloo over poet CAConrad’s ejection from the Philadelphia Magazine offices. The poet even appears in the article’s comments to explain his side of the events.

December 5, 2011

Gossip, Gossip Everywhere 1

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This essay on the proliferation of gossip in journalism is adapted from Joseph Epstein’s Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit. In it, Epstein discusses the problem of “how straight-up, no-apologies public gossip has infected standard, or what once might have been called respectable, journalism.”