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June 7, 2016

Composed of Living Breath: On Svetlana Alexievich’s ‘Secondhand Time’ 2

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Alexievich takes the jingoish caricature, the pulp-fiction rogue, the faceless millions of victims of historical record, and restores to them a voice — their own.

June 7, 2016

Girlhood 0

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For The New York Times, Alexandra Alter writes about girls in titles lately—Emma Cline’s The Girls, Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls, and Amy Schumer’s The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, to name a few. Pair with Michael Bourne’s Millions review of The Girls.

June 7, 2016

Praise the Man 0

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“Finally, without my wife, who served as editor, research assistant, and soul mate, this project could never have been finished.” On gendered expectations and book acknowledgments.

June 7, 2016

Bad Behavior 0

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Lesley M. M. Blume writes on how Hemingway’s bad behavior came to define his generation. “Hard-drinking, hard-fighting, hard-loving—all for art’s sake.” Pair with this Millions essay on Hemingway’s influence on advertising.

June 7, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Gyasi; Alam; Schine; Rowley; King 0

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Out this week: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi; Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam; They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine; Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley; and End of Watch by Stephen King. 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 […]

June 7, 2016

Neither Gift nor Curse: The Millions Interviews Rumaan Alam 0

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Novels can do whatever the writer asks them to. It may not work, but you can always ask.

June 6, 2016

Calm Before the Storm 0

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Huzzah! 336 issues of the avant-garde magazine The Storm (1910-1932) have just been digitized and are available for download. Some notable contributors to The Storm included Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and many others.

June 6, 2016

Greater and Greater 0

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The passing of Muhammad Ali was sad for fans of both sports and greatness alike. One little known Ali fact is that he once composed a line-for-line sonnet with another one of “the greatest,” the poet Marianne Moore. Let none other than George Plimpton explain it to you.

June 6, 2016

Minister of Defense and Propaganda of the New Cinema 0

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Recommended Reading: On the the anticriticism of Jonas Mekas, the “raving maniac of the cinema,” courtesy of The Paris Review.

June 6, 2016

Where Legless Men Run and Water Burns: On Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland 0

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Unlike J.M. Barrie or A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll grants no asylum to wistful acknowledgements that childhood must come to an end. The lost laughter of childhood needn’t be lost forever.