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June 14, 2016

Bibliotherapy for Fiction Lovers 1

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Ceridwen Dovey asks, can reading make you happier?

June 14, 2016

I Will Never Sing Adviser Karaoke at Yearbook Camp 1

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In some ways, yearbook camp felt like an extended Tony Robbins seminar. Each morning we met in the auditorium, where one of the staff led us in a group chant to get us fired-up for the day. I am from New Jersey, and only get fired-up for pizza and pork roll sandwiches.

June 14, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Proulx; Ausubel; Notaro; de Botton; Cline 0

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Out this week: Barkskins by Annie Proulx; Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel; I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro; The Course of Love by Alain de Botton;  and The Girls by Emma Cline (which we reviewed).  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 […]

June 13, 2016

Like It or Love It? 0

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Recommended Reading: A very long (and informative) piece on Tom Vanderbilt’s new book, You May Also Like, and why people enjoy the things they do in the Age of the Internet.

June 13, 2016

Ramsquaddled and Pixellated 0

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Are you familiar with the term, “clatterdevengeance”? It’s the favorite word of Jonathon Green, purveyor of the internet’s newest dirty slang dictionary, which seeks to document some of the more hilarious (and uncouth) experiments in the English language.

June 13, 2016

Prepare for Departure 0

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What’s the best book Mary Roach has read recently? Tim Johnston’s first novel, Descent: “I read the last 30 pages in an airport, 10 feet from the gate, and did not notice the boarding announcements. I missed my flight for literature.” Bonus: Here’s Roach’s interview with The Millions from a couple of years back.

June 13, 2016

Maylis de Kerangal: France’s Unlikely Literary Rebel 1

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Maylis de Kerangal is threatening a segment of the French literary establishment — and questioning what it means to be a fiction writer in France.

June 13, 2016

Sex, Drugs, and Literary History 0

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Will anyone read Chuck Klosterman in a hundred years? Jonathan Russell Clark explores the possibility over at The Literary Hub: “What fate awaits the author of books so rooted in a given era? Can the accomplishment of capturing now remain significant or noteworthy forever? Will anyone read Klosterman in the future? And if they do, […]

June 13, 2016

The Paper Trail 0

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What writers are actually earning money? Over at Electric Literature, Lincoln Michel takes a look at the new Author Earnings report, which scours Amazon bestseller lists and extrapolates the data to make claims about the state of publishing and self-publishing. Here’s an older Millions piece by Edan Lepucki on self-publishing as supplemental and influential to the traditional […]

June 13, 2016

Knowledge Porn: On Helen DeWitt’s ‘The Last Samurai’ 11

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When Ludo takes his magnificent brain to public school for the first time, and discovers the exquisite agony of being misunderstood by a world of simpletons, I feel like Helen DeWitt “gets” me.