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April 12, 2011

The Burden of Meaningfulness: David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King 9

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Certainly Wallace had set himself a problem masochistic or quixotic in its difficulty: how to write an interesting novel about that byword for tedium, the IRS? And how to write a religious novel about the most disenchanted and secular of professions, namely accounting?

April 12, 2011

The Millions Interview: Peter Mountford 4

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The world most people live in has more in common with The Office than, say, Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!. But think of how uncommon it is to read a book about someone’s office job. Then count how often a debut author gets compared to Faulkner.

April 11, 2011

Kindle Now Sells for $114 for Those Who Don’t Mind ‘Special Offers’ 2

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Amazon has just dropped the price on the Kindle yet again, but it comes with a big caveat. The Kindle can now be had for $114 if you select a version of the device that peppers you with special offers (Examples: $10 for $20 Amazon.com Gift Card; $6 for 6 Audible Books; etc). Before the […]

April 11, 2011

Pevear and Volokhonsky on Leskov 2

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Granta talks to some translators of Russian literature about what they’re working on, and we learn that Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the first couple of Russian translation are working on a 600-page collection of stories by Nikolai Leskov, an underappreciated contemporary of Dostoevsky. Previously: The Millions interviews P&V.

April 11, 2011

Are Run-On Subtitles Literature’s New Flop Sweat? 16

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Suddenly, every time I walked into a bookstore or read a review, I started noticing similarly breathless subtitles. What had struck me initially as the odd unfortunate decision now began to look like a full-blown trend.

April 10, 2011

The Teenage Years are More Dystopian Than Ever 2

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Led by Millions Top Tenner The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, dystopia is unseating vampires as the dominant theme in teen fiction, according to The Independent. The paper lists several other examples of the hot new trend, including Plague by Michael Grant and Matched by Ally Condie. (We’d argue that with dystopian classics like 1984 […]

April 9, 2011

Sidney Lumet Dies at 86 0

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Sidney Lumet, director of 12 Angry Men, Serpico, and many other classic films, has died at 86.

April 9, 2011

Celebrating Beverly Cleary 1

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With her 95th birthday approaching, Beverly Cleary gets the profile treatment in the Times. (previously at The Millions: Cleary’s underappreciated memoirs)

April 9, 2011

“It was the perfect literary crime” 0

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Amid recent discussion here and elsewhere about what to do about bad reviews, in the Washington Post Chris Bohjalian writes of the time he resisted the temptation to pan a book by the teacher who almost crushed his nascent literary career.

April 9, 2011

Writerly Pets 0

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Famous authors and their dogs, photographed by Jill Krementz.  Via The Daily Dish.