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June 15, 2010

Introducing The Millions’ “Books and Reviews” 7

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Knowing that people like to dig through the archives to read about the books we’ve covered, we’ve tried to create ways to make that easier, but until now our efforts had proven unwieldy to use and to manage. So, in an effort to solve this problem once and for all, we’ve spent several months putting together a new section that we are proud to show off today.

June 14, 2010

Eating Your Feelings: Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake 5

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What I ate while absorbed in the pages of this book seemed to matter more than with most others, because Bender’s latest is really about the intimate experience of food.

June 11, 2010

The Happy Ghost 13

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Ghostwriting used to be book publishing’s dirty little secret. No more. Today a growing cadre of writers are discovering that checking their ego at the door and telling someone else’s story can make them very successful, very rich and, in at least one case, as close to happy as most writers will ever get.

June 10, 2010

Remnick Interviewed 0

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Robert Birnbaum has a terrific, funny, wide-ranging interview with David Remnick, a must read for all the New Yorker obsessives out there. (via Kottke)

June 10, 2010

Summer Reading 0

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The Los Angeles Times presents a list of 60 new books to read this summer.

June 10, 2010

The Hand that Feeds Them 0

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Stephen Elliot explains why publishers are shooting themselves in the foot when they gouge authors trying to buy copies of their own books.

June 10, 2010

Kingsolver Wins the Orange 0

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In a reprise of this year’s Rooster final, Barbara Kingsolver’s Lacuna comes out on top this time, besting Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (and four other finalists) for the Orange Prize.

June 10, 2010

Are Young Writers in Their Prime? 2

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Sam Tanenhaus, musing about the New Yorker “young writers” list points out that, far from being a writer’s formative years, many of the great classics in literary history were penned by writers in their 30s, or younger.

June 10, 2010

The Artist’s Exit: A Postscript to Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present 2

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Abramović has spoken many times about how her duration pieces have the capacity transform both herself and the viewer. But I also wonder if the interactive and ever-changing nature of the piece influenced the popularity of the performance, which by the end had become a media phenomenon.

June 10, 2010

Machine Gun Sonnets 4

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World War One, when educated and idealistic young men wrote of mustard gas and aerial bombardment using sonnets and couplets.