Recent Articles

January 9, 2008

Wednesday Links 1


We’ve heard about the weak dollar making things tough on Canadian readers, but the pain is being felt by Canadian publishers as well, as profit margins diminish. The latest casualty is publisher Raincoast Books. Philip Agee died today. His Inside the Company in 1973 may have created a modern day genre, one that would be […]

January 8, 2008

Inter Alia #6: DeWitt Goes Digital 9


From anecdotal evidence, Radiohead’s In Rainbows experiment – distributing the album via website, on a “suggested donation” basis – seems to have been a success. As it begins to market In Rainbows through more orthodox channels – CD pressings, iTunes – the band remains mum about the total number of downloads and the average donation […]

January 7, 2008

New Yorker Fiction from 2003-2007: An Analysis 4


Recently I got a very interesting email from a reader. Frank Kovarik writes and teaches English in St. Louis. For the last five years, he has also been keeping meticulous track of the fiction that appears in the New Yorker. Not just the titles and authors, but things like gender, country of origin, and frequency […]

January 5, 2008

Millions Meta-Data 2007 0


I was going through the site analytics, checking out what kind of year The Millions had and I thought it might be fun to share some of the stuff I found out. Looking at the site’s most visited pages, there were some “evergreen” favorites in the top spots: Hard to Pronounce Literary Names Redux: the […]

January 4, 2008

The Most Anticipated Books of 2008 16


With 2007 in the rear view mirror, we now look ahead to a new year of reading, one packed with intriguing titles. Let’s kick off with a pair that Garth was already pining for a year ago: Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones) won the Prix Goncourt and was a runaway bestseller in France. […]

January 3, 2008

Winter Wilderness: A Review of Snow by Orhan Pamuk 2


This guest contribution comes from Kevin Hartnett. Hartnett lives in Philadelphia with his fiance. After graduating from college in 2003, he joined Teach For America and taught sixth grade in the Bronx for two years. He enjoys politics and travel and writing about both. Snow, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s 2004 novel, opens as Ka, a […]

January 2, 2008

Announcing The Millions Book Review Index 1


Over the years, Millions contributors and guests have penned many book reviews for the site. However, this wealth of content has long been buried in the archives. And so, in the spirit of starting off the new year on the right foot, we’ve created The Millions Book Review Index, which lists every review, squib, appreciation, […]

December 26, 2007

Wrapping Up a Year in Reading 33


With the year drawing to a close, so too is our Year in Reading series. We at The Millions would like to thank all of those who contributed to the series as well as those who helped us put together such a great group of people to participate. We’d also like to thank all of […]

December 24, 2007

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 3


Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of A Field Guide to the North American Family: An Illustrated Novella, and is a contributor to The Millions. …And what a year it was: the manic highs, the crushing lows and no creamy middle to hold them together. In this way, my reading life and my other life […]

December 21, 2007

Charlie Wilson’s Secret Proxy War 1


Charlie Wilson’s War, the movie, is set to open nationwide on Friday. A recent screening in Manhattan was about two-thirds full, and the response when the lights came up was tepid applause. It’s not a bad movie, basically Tom Hanks wearing suspenders, grab-assing with Julia Roberts, and drinking a lot of scotch. It also features […]