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February 9, 2017

British Godlings: On Neil Gaiman’s Novellas 0

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Both narratives are works of fantasy, firmly rooted in Gaiman’s American Gods universe, but the most profound difference is their emphasis within this genre: the combination of fantasy with horror in The Monarch of the Glen and fantasy with mystery in Black Dog.

February 9, 2017

“Dying is totally mainstream.” 0

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Millions staffer Mark O’Connell immersed himself in the “transhumanist” movement for more than a year, checking in on such characters as Zoltan Istvan, the quixotic U.S. presidential candidate perhaps best-known for driving a coffin across the country. O’Connell’s book, To Be a Machine, which details dreamers like Istvan envisioning human existence liberated from the outmoded confines of the human body, publishes […]

February 9, 2017

The Best Snow Story Ever 3

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Gass began writing the story “to entertain a toothache.” That’s an appropriate anecdote. A philosopher by training and a critic by practice, Gass has always been in love with language. Words are his God.

February 8, 2017

A Citizen of War: On Malik Sajad’s ‘Munnu: A Boy From Kashmir’ 0

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Sajad is unsettlingly blunt about the brutality of army personnel in Srinagar, doing away with the idealism that mars debates in suburban Indian homes, often shaped by news channels, where sensationalists run amok, and Bollywood, which would rather engage in melodrama and merrymaking.

February 8, 2017

Checking Out: Dispatches From the Sea-Cave Suite and Elsewhere 0

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After a nice long think in the grotto shower, I resolved, once back on dry land, to conduct a survey of recent, or recently reissued, novels that make their home, so to speak, in hotels.

February 7, 2017

Form Reveals Poems for the Machines They Are: The Millions Interviews Saara Myrene Raappana 1

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I’m for the usefulness that can be found in what’s broken. I’ll stand for that any day.

February 7, 2017

A Day in the Life of a Literary Agent 0

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“There really is no average day in the life of a literary agent,” writes Mark Gottlieb in his attempt to describe an average day in the life of a literary agent.

February 7, 2017

Lydia Davis and Jhumpa Lahiri Learn New Languages 3

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We’ve been searching texts for a connection to another person or community for more than 4,000 years. This is what Davis and Lahiri wanted. It is likely the reason why you are reading this right now. And in this desire for connection, every reader, across time and place, is intimately linked.

February 7, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Nguyen; McKay; Smith; Kitamura; Manguso; Omotoso; Lee; Darnielle 0

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Out this week: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen; Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay; Autumn by Ali Smith; A Separation by Katie Kitamura; 300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso; The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso; Pachinko by Min Jin Lee; and Universal Harvester by John Darnielle. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book […]

February 6, 2017

The Millions Membership Drive: Update 0

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Late last year, we tried something new: we asked Millions readers for support.