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March 3, 2009

Thinking of a Dream I Had: The “Formative Novel” 7

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So, it’s the early hours of the morning and I’m fast asleep. I dream the following: I’m in an empty restaurant, deep in conversation with someone I’d never met before. Even in the dream, this person is meant to be a stranger – a Millions reader named Oliver. (I had recently watched a new BBC […]

March 3, 2009

The Millions Conversation: M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (Part One) 7

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This winter, Millions contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg both happened to pick up the first volume of M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. This 2006 novel was a National Book Award winner and a New York Times Bestseller. However, the literary-industrial complex hasn’t given Anderson the […]

March 2, 2009

The Wire’s Simon Back on the Beat in Baltimore 0

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The Wire’s David Simon is a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun and famously wielded his journalistic eye as creator of the critically acclaimed series. Though he officially turned in his reporter’s notebook years ago, Simon was moved to do a little freelance reporting for the Washington Post in reaction to a frustrating lack of […]

March 2, 2009

A New Quarterly Conversation 0

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A new issue of the excellent online literary review, The Quarterly Conversation has been posted. There are plenty of goodies on offer, but perhaps the most intriguing is a piece by François Monti about Zone, a French novel by Mathias Énard that has certain literary corners of Europe buzzing. It’s got quite a hook: Zone, […]

March 2, 2009

David Foster Wallace and The Pale King 0

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It can only be with mixed feelings that we reiterate what you’ve probably already heard: David Foster Wallace was indeed well into a new novel at the time of his death last fall. At The New Yorker, D.T. Max’s long fact piece (accompanied by an excerpt) reports that the novel was to be called The […]

March 2, 2009

Modern Library Revue #66: Of Human Bondage 0

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Modern Library Revue is Lydia Kiesling’s irreverent, ongoing treatment of the Modern Library’s 100 best novels of the twentieth century. Lydia is a graduate of Hamilton College. She is an ardent book-lover and has spent the last two years working in the antiquarian book trade. The Modern Library project was recently born at her blog, […]

March 1, 2009

The Millions Top Ten: February 2009 1

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Time again for another installment of one of our newer features, The Millions Top Ten. Check out last month’s introduction for an explanation of how it works. The new list: ThisMonth LastMonth   Title On List 1. – Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences 1 month 2. 1. […]

February 28, 2009

Live-Blogging The Red and the Black 0

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I took Stendhal’s The Red and the Black along on a recent trip to Paris. It’s only now though that I’m back in Philadelphia that young Julien Sorel has finally arrived in La Ville-Lumiere. It took me awhile to get into the book. I began it hoping for the same pleasures I recently found in […]

February 28, 2009

Curiosities: Bootleg Translations 1

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Rumors of John Cheever’s death? Greatly exaggerated. HarperCollins sets out to test the proposition that there really is no such thing as bad publicity. BHL rips Valkyrie and Tom Cruise. Maud lauds Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women. The New York Public Library names Millions guest contributor Sana Krasikov a finalist for […]

February 27, 2009

The Millions Interview: Zoë Heller 0

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Zoë Heller’s new novel, The Believers, is an enormously entertaining and sharply observed story about the Litvinoff family in New York City. When father Joel, a famous radical leftist lawyer, suffers from a stroke and falls into a coma, his wife Audrey and his two grown daughters, Rosa and Karla, find themselves wrestling with revelations […]