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December 15, 2015

Marking Territory 0

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Recommended Reading: Don DeLillo’s fiction is “a better guide to the subtleties of terrorism than proclamations of military experts or political academics.”

December 15, 2015

A Voice of Gravitas 0

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Claire Vaye Watkins’s essay on pandering has gotten a lot of responses, including one from Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James. Over at NPR, they discuss the issues of sexism and racism in publishing, cultural ventriloquism, narrative authority, and more.

December 15, 2015

A Year in Reading: Patrick Rothfuss 0

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This book made me laugh in a restaurant, it made me cry on an airplane. It made me feel like maybe I’m not a total human trainwreck. Because I’m broken in a couple of profound ways too. But after reading this, I don’t feel nearly so bad about it.

December 15, 2015

Prejudice and the Grotesque 0

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Dave Griffith writes for The Paris Review about reading Flannery O’Connor’s “The Displaced Person,” an immigrant story set in the South, in the age of Islamophobia. Pair with Nick Ripatrazone’s Millions essay on teaching and learning from O’Connor.

December 15, 2015

A Year in Reading: Ana Castillo 0

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I enjoy going back to writers who reached deep in their souls and had the valiance to share with the public what they saw to be a truth.

December 15, 2015

Tuesday New Release Day: Rakow; Hauser; Le Guin 0

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Out this week: This Is Why I Came by Mary Rakow; The Baker’s Tale by Thomas Hauser; and Late In the Day, a new collection of poems by Ursula K. LeGuin. For more on these and other recent titles, check out our Great Second-Half 2015 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.

December 14, 2015

A Year in Reading: Rebecca Carroll 1

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This memoir is so starkly, poignantly written, so smart and wrenching, and I just had a truly visceral response to both the story and to Fei’s fierce, plain mother love throughout.

December 14, 2015

Big Books, Big Brains 0

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We like big books and we cannot lie. But are books just continuing to get longer and longer? A new survey of bestsellers has concluded that the average book is now 25% bigger than its counterpart fifteen years ago. The Guardian investigates. Mark O’Connell at The Millions has his own theory about long books.

December 14, 2015

A Year in Reading: Lincoln Michel 1

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These authors remind me that you can truly do anything in fiction as long as you have the willingness to let your eye look at whatever it wants to gaze upon, no matter how bizarre.

December 14, 2015

The Holiday Bookstore Boogie 0

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“So, each year, I can’t help but ask: Is there a political point to be made for calling non-book related detritus, tchotchkes, sparkly twinkly things, sidelines instead of gifts, as many of my esteemed colleagues insist on calling all things?” When it comes to the pressures of running an independent bookstore during the holidays, Lucy Kogler […]