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May 22, 2015

The Creative Chrysalis: On Neal Stephenson’s ‘Seveneves’ 10

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A big heaping slab of idea-packed, throwback, hard sci-fi, Stephenson’s latest brick of a book is thought-provoking but staid; a sad turn for one of the sharpest, most irreverent minds in a genre still reinventing itself.

May 21, 2015

Tell Shorter Stories 2

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“The real world is massive and chaotic beyond the scope of any story, but the novel has always been the storytelling medium that could come closest to capturing it. And the novels that dared to really try – from Hugo to Tolstoy – are often the ones that have endured.” That’s not to say, of […]

May 21, 2015

Against Wunderkinds 0

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Recommended reading: Alexander Chee‘s essay “Against Wunderkinds.”

May 21, 2015

What It Is to Be Alone: The Millions Interviews Anne Enright 1

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For the first time in my writing life, I think the future is going to be a better balanced one. The Irish tradition has been very male heavy. It’s going to see these younger women coming through, and they don’t give a damn. It seems that something is over. Some idea of Irishness that doesn’t involve being female is over.

May 21, 2015

Rereading 0

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“I’ve come to understand that I’ll rarely experience that first rush of discovery again, and perhaps that’s the problem with re-reading. It reminds us both of where we’ve been and where we can’t go again.” Sarah Seltzer wonders why do we reread books as children but not as adults? Pair with Lisa Levy‘s essay on “The Pleasures […]

May 21, 2015

Sheep Lit: On Writing (and Reading) About the Lives of Shepherds 1

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Writing about sheep is a thread that twists through 20th-century explorations of the British landscape, and one that I have become eager to unravel.

May 20, 2015

The Other Saul 0

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Earlier this month, I wrote about Louis Menand’s recent New Yorker piece about The Life of Saul Bellow, a new biography of the Nobel laureate by Zachary Leader. Now, in the LRB, Andrew O’Hagan reads the book. Sample quote: “Bellow’s community was his subject and his subject was his voice.”

May 20, 2015

Post-post 0

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Recommended Reading: Millions contributor Shaj Mathew on avant-garde fiction.

May 20, 2015

Unofficial 0

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For Perry Link, it was embarrassing to read Eileen Chang for the first time, because her work revealed things about China it took him too long to learn on his own. In The New York Review of Books, he writes about how Naked Earth, which the magazine’s publishing arm is republishing in June, cut through […]

May 20, 2015

Trouble Using Light: The Complications of Art in the Fiction of Christine Sneed 0

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Sneed offers, with quiet confidence, her characters’ increasing complexities. People, like the best art, deserve more than one interpretation. There is little black and white contrast in Sneed’s work, and she lingers in every gradation of shade in between, as if gray were a full palette of color.