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September 30, 2014

Kirkus Prize Finalists Announced 0

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Starting this year, Kirkus Reviews will award the impressive sum of $50,000 each to three winners of their new Kirkus Prize, which recognizes works of fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature. This morning, they announced their first-ever batch of finalists, a long list including a few names who should be familiar to Millions readers: Elizabeth Kolbert (for The […]

September 30, 2014

“Surprise attacks” 0

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Last week, I pointed to former Millions-er Emily M. Keeler’s review of Wolf in White Van, the new novel by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats. Now, at Slate, Carl Wilson offers his own praise of the book, which he describes as “not the kind of rallying cry or dark comfort that Mountain Goats fans […]

September 30, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Dunham; Mantel; Biss; Stein; Cronenberg; Zupan; Amis 0

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Girls creator Lena Dunham’s first book is on shelves, as is the new short story collection by Man Booker laureate and recent Millions interviewee Hilary Mantel. Also out: On Immunity by Eula Biss; A Sudden Light by Garth Stein; Consumed by the filmmaker David Cronenberg; The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan; and The Zone of Interest […]

September 30, 2014

It’s 2014, Do You Know Where You Are? Bright Lights, Big City at 30 5

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The voice at the center of Bright Lights may be spoiled and petulant, but it also is unmistakably American: fatally romantic, distrustful of authority, and democratic to a fault, even as it sounds its barbaric yawp over the rooftop parties of the world.

September 29, 2014

Obituary for Karl Miller 0

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RIP Karl Miller, one of the founders of The London Review of Books and an editor of the magazine for thirteen years. Originally meant to fill a vacuum left by a strike at the Times Literary Supplement, the LRB grew into “the liveliest, the most serious and also the most radical literary magazine we have,” in Alan […]

September 29, 2014

TK 0

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Recommended Reading: Anna Della Subin on our views of procrastination. You could also read Avery Erwin on procrastination and American artists.

September 29, 2014

Counterproductive Categorization 0

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It’s a question that puzzles writers of all stripes: why is so much academic writing so terrible? It’s an issue that’s been a lifelong head-scratcher for the linguist Steven Pinker, who set out to answer the question once and for all. His verdict? It has to do with the meaning of “literary style.”

September 29, 2014

God and Gab: The Second Sex by Michael Robbins 1

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Michael Robbins is our contemporary poet laureate for beautiful sins of language.

September 29, 2014

Just Another Mason 0

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In general, we think of translators as people whose job, briefly summarized, is to create elegant texts out of works in foreign languages. But J.R.R. Tolkien, in his translation of Beowulf, set out to do something different. The Lord of the Rings author published a translation that he kept intentionally clunky. Why? In his telling, he […]

September 29, 2014

The Art of “The Novel” 5

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I am going to try to convince you that The Novel is one of the most important works of both literary history and criticism to be published in the last decade.