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February 24, 2015

Wild America 0

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“In the six years that I wrote the book, I moved around a huge amount. I was in five or six different states, and spent a lot of time on the road. I think if you’re out in this country so much, you just see a lot of weird stuff. Weird, ominous stuff.” Talking with […]

February 24, 2015

The Post-Apocalyptic Present: On Quan Barry’s ‘She Weeps Each Time You’re Born’ 0

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The history of Vietnam is another quagmire. And upon this sucking, unholy ground a novel is built.

February 24, 2015

Beyond Campus 0

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David Lodge never set out to be a writer of campus novels, but that may end up being his legacy, thanks to his most famous books, Changing Places and Small World. In the LRB, Stefan Collini reviews a new book of essays and an autobiography by the author, the latter of which covers the first […]

February 24, 2015

The Book Guy 0

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Whether or not you’re an avid collector of NYRB Classics like Stoner, you’ll enjoy this profile of series publisher Edwin Frank, conducted by Millions contributor and Oyster Editorial Director Kevin Nguyen. In the profile, Frank delves into the mindset that guides his choices, tying the rise of the American publishing series to the passage of the GI […]

February 24, 2015

To Be Eaten in Case of Emergency: Inspiration and Comfort for Writers 8

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I asked a few writers to share what visuals they kept near them while working. Perhaps what they keep near them as they make sentences will inspire you to get writing, too.

February 24, 2015

Tuesday New Release Day: Larsen; Hamid; Afrika; Stace; Lethem 0

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Out this week: I Am Radar by Reif Larsen; Discontent and Its Civilizations by Mohsin Hamid; Bitter Eden by Tatamkhulu Afrika; Wonderkid by Wesley Stace; and Lucky Alan, a new story collection by Jonathan Lethem. For more on these and other new titles, check out our Great 2015 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this […]

February 23, 2015

Back Home 0

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Sometimes, a writer needs to live in the setting of his or her fiction, as was the case with William Faulkner, who famously took a train from Hollywood to Mississippi solely to break through his writer’s block. Other times, they need to move away to find the inspiration to write about their home. In The Globe […]

February 23, 2015

Ice Cream Etc. 0

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Recommended Reading: Chris Powers on the short fiction of John Updike. Pair with James Santel on Updike’s Collected Stories.

February 23, 2015

You Too Could Be a Turnip 0

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Those of you with more than a passing familiarity with the Brothers Grimm will know that classic fairy tales were often dark and macabre. They’re considerably more frightening than the sanitized versions we read to our children today. At Salon, Maria Tatar talks to Laura Miller about her translation of The Turnip Princess, a new […]

February 23, 2015

The End of the End: Writers on Last Lines 1

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Writing the final pages of a novel is difficult enough, but then comes the final challenge. It’s the end of the end, the last stop on the line, the dazzling dismount: a damn good closing sentence.