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March 29, 2009

Curiosities: Raw Power 0

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RSVP: We’ve already had several RSVPs for our NYC indie bookstore walking tour. Get all the details via our announcement post. People are still adding to our collaborative literary Atlas. Recent additions include several non-bookstore literary spots in the Midwest, including the Kate Chopin House and the final resting place of William S. Burroughs. The […]

March 26, 2009

The Rooster: A Judge’s Notes 5

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My moment in the Tournament of Books spotlight has come and gone, but I’ve enjoyed following the series throughout. It’s been particularly interesting, from the perspective of a “judge,” to see how the other judges have responded to the books I read. The Lazarus Project got surprisingly little ink during its run. I suspect that […]

March 26, 2009

Scenes of Retreat in War and Peace and Atonement 2

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I’m in the early stages of War and Peace and last night read a battle scene in which the Russian troops are retreating from the advancing French army. The chapter follows Nicholas Rostov, as he and his company try to cross the Danube in time to destroy the bridge behind them. The scene is written […]

March 26, 2009

Welcome Lydia 2

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We’re welcoming a new regular contributor to the fold today. Lydia Kiesling has shared her “Modern Library Revue” project with The Millions over the last few weeks, and as of today The Millions will become its new home. As a regular contributor, Lydia will also depart from her project to offer up posts on non-“Best […]

March 25, 2009

Join Us: The First Annual Millions Walking Tour of NYC Indie Book Stores 6

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Please see our updated itinerary One of the supreme pleasures of reading is the way adventures begun on the page – or on the screen – take on a life of their own. Since posting our revised and expanded “Walking Tour of New York’s Independent Bookstores” last week, we’ve been overwhelmed by great feedback. Now, […]

March 24, 2009

Anniversary: The Millions Turns 6 2

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The Millions is six years old today. We’re another year deeper, and as in past years it seems an appropriate moment for reflection. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the shape and format of what we do here. The Millions is ostensibly a blog, a publishing format that seems to have had a brief […]

March 23, 2009

Everybody’s Holocaust: Jonathan Littell’s Fictional Nazi and Postmodernity’s Double Bind 9

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“You couldn’t tell that story in the same words that Americans used to order pizzas, let alone in little pictures.” – Jay Cantor, Great Neck I. Last fall, a preview for a movie called The Boy in The Striped Pajamas began running in American theaters. The film’s marketing team had no doubt noticed that October […]

March 23, 2009

Appearing Elsewhere: Judgment Day 0

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The day of reckoning has arrived. I’ve passed judgment on Shadow Country and The Lazarus Project for The Morning News Tournament of Books. Which book did I pick? Click to find out.

March 21, 2009

Curiosities: The King of Pop 0

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Appearing Elsewhere 1: Be sure to check the Tournament of Books on Monday for Max’s judgment. Which will be the victor, Shadow Country or The Lazarus Project? Appearing Elsewhere 2: Check out Millions contributor Emily’s review of D.J. Taylor’s Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London’s Jazz Age at The Washington Times. Further Reading: […]

March 19, 2009

Quarterly Report: No Book Talk, Just Bad News 2

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As we have every quarter for the last several, we’re looking at Barnes & Noble’s recent quarterly report to gauge the trends that are impacting the book industry – which books were big over the last few months and what’s expected for the months ahead. For the 4th quarter ended January 31st, it wasn’t pretty. […]