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October 2, 2014

The Truce Between Fabulism and Realism: On Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Modern Novel 17

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Garcia Marquez solved an essential problem of the novel; he arrived at a moment of crisis for the form and offered the warring parties a graceful way out of it.

October 1, 2014

The Future Is Now 0

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Back in 2013, Ted Gioia wrote a piece for The Millions about an old sci-fi novel that correctly predicted the future. Since then, he’s embarked on an ambitious project that expands on his interest in sci-fi, exploring how the most radical sci-fi writers of the sixties paved the way for much of modern fiction. As […]

October 1, 2014

1 Origin Story 0

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Recommended Reading: Sam Bungey on the origins of the listicle.

October 1, 2014

An Inoculation Against Mistrust: Eula Biss’s On Immunity 1

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Vaccinating oneself is about protecting one’s community more than it is about protecting oneself.

October 1, 2014

Our New Enemy 0

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The new issue of The Enemy is out, and it’s got some goodies which may be of interest to Millions readers. Among them are two new poems by Ruth Ellen Kocher, who won the 2014 PEN Open Book prize; an appraisal of the value of bad art by sociologist Alison Gerber; and a reassessment of the […]

October 1, 2014

Villain’s Law 0

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Over the weekend, Canada’s National Post ran a book review by our own Michael Bourne, who contributed a piece on Bright Lights, Big City this week. In the review, Michael reads Thomas King’s The Back of the Turtle, which he says reaffirms the rule that bad guys are always more interesting.

October 1, 2014

Is There No Gender Equity in Nonfiction? 36

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There are nonfiction genres in which women are prolific—namely memoir and the essay—but these forms get unaccountably short shrift from the major awards.

September 30, 2014

Down to/Poetry 0

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A couple weeks ago, we published our review of Ben Lerner’s 10:04, the follow-up to his debut Leaving the Atocha Station. At the Poetry Foundation’s blog, Adam Plunkett argues that 10:04 inadvertently reveals its author’s poetic training. The book, he says, “dissolves into a poem.”

September 30, 2014

Witty Pun of Some Kind 0

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“In addition, irrelevant and misleading personal anecdote. However, oversimplification of first Googled author (citation: p. 37). Thesis statement which doesn’t follow whatsoever from the previous.” A generic college paper.

September 30, 2014

Old Last Words 0

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Last Friday was T.S. Eliot’s birthday, and to mark the occasion, Sadie Stein looked back on his 1965 Times obituary. As it turns out, it uses a phrase — now obscure — that was popularized by Nancy Mitford in the anthology Noblesse Oblige.