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May 14, 2009

The Millions is now Available via Kindle 0

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Our ambivalence about the Kindle has been on full display of late. Still, when Amazon recently opened up its Kindle blog subscription program to all blogs it seemed worth trying, if only to satiate our curiosity about what it entails. With The Millions freely available for all readers, its hard to imagine why someone might […]

May 13, 2009

Beauty and the Arc of Terror: Rabbit Redux Reconsidered 5

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If life is a novel, death is an editor. It strikes through every extraneous detail. It erases periods of divagation, inactivity, and muddle. What’s left is the stuff of obituaries and of eulogies: stories that fit together with a retrospective snap. Applied to public figures who spend their lives “on message,” this tendency to condense […]

May 12, 2009

The Millions Interview: Joe Meno 2

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Joe Meno’s most recent novel, The Great Perhaps, is a beautiful and entertaining tragicomedy about the Casper family: scientists Jonathan and Madeline, their complicated teenage daughters, Amelia and Thisbe, and Jonathan’s father, Henry, who is willing himself to disappear, speaking fewer and fewer words each day. Meno is the author of four other novels, including […]

May 11, 2009

Piecing Together Dan Baum’s New Yorker Twitter Missives 4

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There’s been a lot of excitement today about former New Yorker staff writer Dan Baum using Twitter to deliver an account of his time there. The “updates” contain quite a bit of fascinating behind-the-scenes detail on what being a staff writer entails. However, if, like me, you can’t be bothered to wade through this fascinating […]

May 11, 2009

Book on Tape Fail 8

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On day ten of our recent cross-country drive, it became clear that we had twenty hours left of driving and no more music and nothing to say to each other again, possibly ever. At one point we realized that we were fools and that for ten days we could have been listening to audio books […]

May 11, 2009

The Millions Quiz: Subscriptions We Can’t Go Without 3

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So that you may get to know us better, it’s The Millions Quiz, yet another occasionally appearing series. Here, as conceived of by our contributor Emily, we answer questions about our reading habits and interests, the small details of life that like-minded folks may find illuminating, and we ask you to join us by providing […]

May 10, 2009

Curiosities: Precise Obfuscation 0

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“Chris Lloyd adores a minuet / the Ballets Russes and crepes suzettes / but Foucault loves to rock n’ roll / a hot dog makes him lose control… what a crazy pair!” James Yeh and a plate of Korean barbecue co-star in: My Dinner with Shteyngart. Deborah Eisenberg reads Wells Tower. Open Letters Monthly looks […]

May 8, 2009

The Germs They Carried 0

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It’s been a moment since my last post, and I am here to apologize and explain. Ever since the fifth grade, when I took my birthday party to see the movie Outbreak and then read The Hot Zone thrice a row, I have been terrified of epidemics. Two weeks ago, my beloved and I returned […]

May 8, 2009

PEN World Voices Report: The Neo-Keynsian Smackdown 1

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The Met Museum’s Rogers Auditorium last Thursday night resembled one of Rush Limbaugh’s paranoid fantasies come to life; if a bomb had gone off, much of the braintrust of American liberalism would have been wiped out. To explore “The Economic Crisis and How to Deal With It,” The New York Review of Books had convened […]

May 7, 2009

PEN World Voices Report: The Strange Beauty of Andrey Platonov 0

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It was raining last Thursday (because it is always raining in New York) when I went to the CUNY Graduate Center to hear a panel called “Language in New Forms: The Work of Andrey Platonov.” I’m glad I braved the weather, however. The panel featured four of the most mellifluous voices in Anglo-American letters – […]