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June 22, 2016

An Attack on the American Experiment: On Gay Clubs and Orlando 1

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I spent many boring hours in gay clubs, but I liked them because they were unsafe. You don’t learn anything in safe spaces.

June 21, 2016

A Tale of Murder 0

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Over at The Atlantic, Terrence Rafferty claims that women are writing the best crime novels. “Their books are light on gunplay, heavy on emotional violence. Murder is de rigueur in the genre, so people die at the hands of others—lovers, neighbors, obsessive strangers—but the body counts tend to be on the low side,” he writes. […]

June 21, 2016

Books Speak to Our Times 0

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Sam Tanenhaus asks, What do this season’s political books tell us about the election? As he puts it, “Election-year analyses always seem to arrive too late or too soon. They are useful nonetheless. The mistakes and misapprehensions — what the authors thought they knew — mirror the broader thinking of their moment.” Pair with this […]

June 21, 2016

Love, Concisely: Revisiting Mary Robison’s ‘Subtraction’ 0

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25 years after its release, ‘Subtraction’ stands out as a high-wire act of the novel form — taut in expression yet rich with humanity, expertly crafted and unfairly neglected.

June 21, 2016

Beware of the Gravedigger 0

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Recommended Reading: On the literary tradition of objectifying and consuming women’s corpses.

June 21, 2016

A Brief History of Gay Liberation 0

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“If the taglines used to market lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to the country’s mainstream—‘Love Wins,’ ‘It Gets Better,’ and ‘You Can Play’—have led to unprecedented levels of inclusion and visibility, it is precisely by shoving sex aside and presenting gay people and straight people as essentially the same at heart. In the process, […]

June 21, 2016

The Pleasure of Eavesdropping 0

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Recommended Listening: Poet Rachel Zucker has just launched Commonplace, a bi-monthly podcast featuring conversations with poets (and other people) about quotidian objects, experiences, anecdotes, advice, and obsessions.

June 21, 2016

Make the Western Canon Great Again! 11

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I’ll ban all books by immigrant writers until we can figure out what the hell is going on with the Western Canon.

June 21, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Tyler; Shriver; Watson; Tremblay; Raymond; Juchau 0

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Out this week: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler; The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver; As Good as Gone by Larry Watson; Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay; My Last Continent by Midge Raymond; and The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau. 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.

June 20, 2016

Another Dossier 0

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“Part of what I realize now I was doing in Proxies was to integrate the incongruous aspects of my self: the child of the truck driver and Primitive Baptist self, the queer intellectual poet self, the professor without an office self, the prizewinner who was ‘midcareer’ before he was ’emerging,’ the middle-aged man at the entry-level […]