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May 24, 2016

Convincing Reconstructions 0

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“Rather than presenting a single, definitive story—an ostensibly objective chronicle of events—these books offer a past of competing perspectives, of multiple voices. They are not so much historical as archival: instead of giving us the imagined experience of an event, they offer the ambiguous traces that such events leave behind.” On the role of realist […]

May 24, 2016

Prize Stories 0

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For Electric Literature, Kelly Luce shares what she noticed while reading short story submissions for the O. Henry Prize. Pair with Paul Vidich’s Millions piece about the future of the short story.

May 24, 2016

Living Clichéd Lives: On Hollywood Biopics 15

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Maybe the problem is that musicians keep living clichéd lives that can’t be made into anything but clichéd movies.

May 24, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Cronin; Danler; Anderson; Busquets; Thorpe; Vyleta 0

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Out this week: The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin; Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler; The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson; This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets; Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe; and Smoke by Dan Vyleta. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great 2016 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.

May 23, 2016

See Them Shimmer 0

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Recommended Reading: This essay by Eiren Caffall at The Rumpus on the Dead Dads Club and losing a loved one.

May 23, 2016

We’ll Find Ourselves 0

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New Peter Gizzi poems about touchscreens and Instagram? Yes, please.

May 23, 2016

Dear Diary 0

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Lena Dunham’s next book looks to be every bit as divisive as her first. The chapbook, Is It Evil Not To Be Sure?, is a collection of Dunham’s college diaries from 2005 to 2006 — or basically, that recurring nightmare you have that somebody might find and read your journal.

May 23, 2016

“Nature” Is What We See– 0

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“[Emily] Dickinson is often portrayed as some white gossamer recluse, completely divorced from the world outside her bedroom—but that is not really true. The physical circumference of her adult life was small, but its psychological terrain was boundless.” This piece explores the ways in which Emily Dickinson’s work was shaped by her skills as a gardener […]

May 23, 2016

Frog and Toad Are Friends 0

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“Millennials are so frequently hyped as the first digital generation that people tend to forget that we were raised first and foremost with books. TV and the Internet may have shaped our identities, but so did old-fashioned, printed stories.” Everybody is tired of the word “millennial,” but this piece makes some great points about Arnold […]

May 23, 2016

Svetlana Alexievich Is No Useful Idiot 6

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“The idea of real, substantive equality is eternal. It’s beautiful. But somehow, in the Russian application of it, it always ends in a river of blood.”