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March 14, 2011

You Are Invited 0

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All Millions readers are invited to join us at McNally Jackson bookstore in New York to celebrate the release of The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books. I’ll be joined by my co-editor Jeff Martin, as well as Reif Larsen and Millions staff writers Garth Risk Hallberg and Emily St. John Mandel. […]

March 14, 2011

The Chameleon Machine 8

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Digital readers and paper books have little in common. But both objects have considerable merit, and this is why I think we should combine the two.

March 12, 2011

Is All publicity Good Publicity? 6

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Is all publicity good publicity? Are all reviews—even bad ones—good for books? The answer, according to a new study [pdf] by the journal Marketing Science, depends on whether the writer is well known or unknown. The study examined the impact of a New York Times review on the sales of more than 200 hardcover titles. […]

March 11, 2011

What Is Experimental Literature? 0

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“I take to heart Percival Everett’s point that all writing begins as experiment. Experiments are hypo/theses; wagers; fermentations or useless admixtures; mud pies and blood pies.” Miranda Mellis talks with HTMLGiant’s Christopher Higgs in the next installment of Higgs’s essential “What Is Experimental Literature?” interview series. It’s worth perusing the the back catalog if you missed […]

March 11, 2011

2010 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced 1

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Last night, the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award were announced in New York City.

March 11, 2011

Cultic with a Chance of Rain: The Novel and Cults and Novels about Cults 3

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While The Gospel of Anarchy and Big Machine portray cult largely as madness – albeit a seductive sort of madness – The Instructions and The Book of Dave render cult as that other thing it can be: the basis of a new religion.  All four invite reading, tongue-in-cheek, of sections of their text as scripture.  The Instructions, naturally, is entirely scripture.

March 10, 2011

Conversations over Stolen Food (in Illicit Spaces) 1

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The Faster Times offers up a new dialogue from dynamic duo Jon Cotner & Andy Fitch’s “Conversations over Stolen Food,” which seamlessly segues from Astroglide and Fung Wah buses to Alaskan Brown Bears, and includes a run-in with New York Park Patrol. Images by Paper Monument editor Dushko Petrovich are added eye candy.

March 10, 2011

Late American Novel Roundup 0

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Coverage of The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books (do you have your copy yet?) has been coming in at a steady clip: NYC publication CityArts takes a look; yours truly interviewed on The Marketplace of Ideas; Edward Champion offers a hasty response; the my co-editor sits down with his hometown paper.

March 10, 2011

Why Isn’t Our Children Learning? 11

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Reading the “campus in crisis” study Academically Adrift is like being harangued over Thanksgiving dinner by your grumpy Uncle Fred. But just because he’s a long-winded old fogey doesn’t mean Uncle Fred is wrong.

March 9, 2011

A Beginner’s Guide to Drugs For Girls 4

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Tasteless and horrifying–nay, even a sign of the apocalypse–or rather excellent advice for college-bound young ladies?  You decide: Vice Magazine‘s “A Beginner’s Guide to Drugs For Girls.” (A taste: “Here are some pointers for the beginners out there so you can get high without becoming that girl slumped in the corner of the night bus […]