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September 17, 2014

2014 National Book Award Longlists Released 2

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An eclectic Fiction longlist includes a Millions staff writer, while the Non-Fiction longlist is surprisingly male dominated.

September 17, 2014

The New End of Days 0

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You may have heard that our own Emily St. John Mandel has a new book on shelves. The book depicts a post-apocalyptic future in which a group of nomadic actors deal with the aftermath of a devastating flu pandemic. Claire Cameron (who’s also written for The Millions) reviews the book for The Globe and Mail.

September 17, 2014

“A perfect topography” 0

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Recommended Reading: Jess Walter on Mr. Tall by Tony Earley.

September 17, 2014

Here They Come 0

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Ever since the Man Booker prize was opened up to American writers, there’s been a renewed debate about America’s contributions to the literary scene. Many people have wondered who past Bookers would have gone to had American authors been eligible. At The Guardian, a roundtable including Year in Reading alum Joshua Ferris, Curtis Sittenfeld, Edna O’Brien […]

September 17, 2014

Truest Forms 0

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As a literary technique, imitation is usually thought of as an amateur move, despite the number of classic works that began as overt acts of mimicry. At the Ploughshares blog, Anca Szilagyi comes up with several prompts for writers who want to imitate thoughtfully.

September 17, 2014

2014’s Literary Geniuses 1

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The MacArthur grant awards $625,000, “no strings attached” to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

September 17, 2014

In Search of Our Voices: On Marina Keegan and The Opposite of Loneliness 1

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The Millennial generation of writers can learn from Keegan in that she allowed herself to sound and to be fully 22, to explore what that meant and to celebrate the value of a young perspective, but never sounded like she was writing a generic think-piece on “What It’s Like to Be Young Today.”

September 16, 2014

Light Fare 0

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Sometimes, it’s easier to read or watch something that’s light and airy, as opposed to seeking out art that challenges your perspective. Millions contributor Fiona Maazel generally thinks of herself as a person who instinctively chose nuance over breeziness. But lately, she’s had to ask herself a tough question — is she actually more attracted to the […]

September 16, 2014

Rough Starts 0

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“I struggled, quite a bit, writing this review. Reviewing books, while easy in certain ways — you have certain aspects of form to follow, there are certain features of books that cannot go unremarked: one must write about character, about language, about technique — and really a rather simple process (much simpler, it would seem, […]

September 16, 2014

Only Disconnect: Ben Lerner’s 10:04 18

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If works of art were about something, instead of existing self-sufficiently for themselves, this is what Lerner’s work would be about: the chasm between a life lived and a thing made; the discouragement one suffers when trying to find one in the other.