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May 17, 2016

Han Kang Wins the Man Booker International Prize 0

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This year’s Man Booker International Prize goes to Han Kang’s “dark, cynical,” and vivid novel The Vegetarian, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith. Also check out John Yargo’s Millions review of the novel.

May 17, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Weigel; Galchen: Phillips; Lepore; Dixon; Hale 0

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Out this week: Labor of Love by Moira Weigel; Little Labors by Rivka Galchen; Unforbidden Pleasures by Adam Phillips; Joe Gould’s Teeth by Jill Lepore; Letters to Kevin by Stephen Dixon; and The Fat Artist and Other Stories by Benjamin Hale. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great 2016 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link […]

May 17, 2016

He Doesn’t Wear a Game Face: On David Foster Wallace’s ‘String Theory’ 5

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The sense one gets reading these pieces is of a discovery process, the author stumbling sentence-by-sentence toward understanding — a task to which he wholly devotes his profane, fucked-up, intellectually omnivorous self.

May 16, 2016

Down In a Heartbeat 0

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“Thank God someone finally wrote that exact book. It’s like a bible for people who don’t believe in God.” Sebastian Junger at By the Book on Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

May 16, 2016

A Plate of Spaghetti 0

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“A trip to the 21st century. Prague, maybe, or London, some big city where he can wander around being a bored tourist, snapping his gum, picking his nose in cathedrals, snapback on crooked and hopping from foot to foot, looking for a basketball court.” Thats what it would look like if Achilles (and other sad […]

May 16, 2016

Books Helping People Help People 0

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Recommended Reading: On Street Lit and how the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless is using literature in an attempt to help Austin’s homeless population.

May 16, 2016

Discarded Hashtags 0

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“Don’t die on the toilet; / it’s really the worst way to go.” Do yourself a favor and go check out this selection of new poems by Elizabeth Scanlon at Electric Literature.

May 16, 2016

E-Romance Me 0

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There are millions of pieces out there about how dating is the worst. This one from Alexandra Schwartz at The New Yorker which questions whether dating in the 21st century is even worth the effort is, if nothing else, worth the effort it takes to read.

May 16, 2016

Justifying Our Existence: The Antioch Review and the Transgender ‘Debate’ 36

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If you really believe that transgender people fail at their genders and you make it a business to say so publicly, you should know that your words resonate far off the page. If your supposed concern for transgender people masks plain old misogyny, then you are complicit in violence.

May 15, 2016

To Grit or Not To Grit? 0

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Recommended Reading: On whether or not “grit” is the true key to workplace (and lifetime) success. Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, says yes.