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August 23, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Millhauser, Matar, Shakar, Fuller, Chez Panisse 0

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Steven Millhauser’s new collection We Others is out this week, as are Hisham Matar’s Anatomy of a Disappearance and Alex Shakar’s Luminarium. Here at The Millions, Shakar recently offered the harrowing story of the publication of his first novel. Alexandra Fuller has a new memoir out. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness. and foodies […]

August 23, 2011

The State of Book Reviews 0

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At Poets & Writers, National Book Critics Circle board member Jane Ciabattari offers a 4,000-word look at where the dust has settled as newspaper book reviews have shrunk and online book sites have proliferated.

August 23, 2011

Shutting the Drawer: What Happens When a Book Doesn’t Sell? 72

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The truth is, my novel isn’t selling, and it probably won’t. There, I’ve said it. Eventually, a writer must accept rejection, accept the death of her first true darling, and move on. Can I face that sobering reality? Can I put my first book into the drawer, and shut it?

August 22, 2011

Literary Libya 1

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Those following this weekend’s events in Tripoli will no doubt be interested in Banipal‘s issue dedicated to Libyan fiction. And, as Moammar Gaddafi‘s reign appears to be ending, the Guardian‘s evisceration of his short stories is worth a read. On NPR‘s site, Hisham Matar also explains the influence of Gaddafi’s rule on Libyan writing.

August 22, 2011

Rachman’s Single 1

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Tom Rachman, author of Millions Hall of Famer The Imperfectionists, has a new short story out as a Kindle Single: “The Bathtub Spy.”

August 22, 2011

The Help: Feel-Good or Offensive? 0

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Though it had a promising box office debut, The Help is ruffling some feathers for its portrayal of African American women. Roxane Gay sums things up nicely for The Rumpus.

August 22, 2011

If I Were President 0

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What would Geoffrey Canada, Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Jennifer Egan do in America’s highest office?

August 22, 2011

No Place Like Home 5

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At the risk of stating the obvious: isn’t it strange, I mean, this thing about being a human being breathing and thinking and sensing and dwelling always, always, in a place?

August 22, 2011

The Canon Guard: Harold Bloom’s The Anatomy of Influence 23

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Harold Bloom is not so much the judicious patriarch or brazen egomaniac as he is a grandmother – endlessly harried, fiercely loving, and relentlessly worried about the future of his brood.

August 21, 2011

Made-Up Awards 0

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When Mark O’Connell asked why we care about literary awards, he probably didn’t imagine the situation in China.