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March 15, 2016

Unhappy Writers Are Unhappy in Their Own Ways 0

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“They found, unsurprisingly, that blocked writers were unhappy. Symptoms of depression and anxiety, including increased self-criticism and reduced excitement and pride at work, were elevated in the blocked group; symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, such as repetition, self-doubt, procrastination, and perfectionism, also appeared, as did feelings of helplessness and ‘aversion to solitude’—a major problem, since writing […]

March 15, 2016

The Thrill of Writing Prose 0

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Bookforum interviewed Garth Greenwell about the queer tradition of autofiction, the impulse to write fiction, and the thrill of surprising oneself. Also check out this Millions review of Greenwell’s debut novel What Belongs to You.

March 15, 2016

Modern Makerspaces 0

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Recommended Reading: Public libraries are becoming gateways to technological invention.

March 15, 2016

The $ick Lie of Mar¢h Madne$$ 3

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Many of the kids who play college basketball today are insanely talented. Too bad they’re being so shamelessly exploited.

March 15, 2016

Mass-Market Edition is Dead 1

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Harper Lee’s estate will no longer allow publication of the mass-market paperback edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, which was popular with schools. Over at The New Republic, Alex Shephard writes that “Without a mass-market option, schools will likely be forced to pay higher prices for bulk orders of the trade paperback edition—and given the […]

March 15, 2016

No Room for Others 0

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African-Americans make up no more than 2% of employees in editorial rooms. In case you’re wondering why publishing is so white, Publishers Weekly reports that unconscious bias is the biggest issue.

March 15, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Bachelder; Mendelsohn; Penkov; Yun; Dutton; McGuire 0

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Out this week: The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder; Burning Down the House by Jane Mendelsohn; Stork Mountain by Miroslav Penkov; Shelter by Jung Yun; Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton; and The North Water by Ian McGuire. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great 2016 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there […]

March 15, 2016

The Human Deep Within the Machine 0

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The coming together of the novel’s two plots is the least compelling aspect of Innocents and Others. Its nod to narrative unity is forced, but the best part about the nod is how convincingly it suggests that we were all better off talking to each other in the dark.

March 14, 2016

Money and Making Out Both 0

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Even more Rossetti! Here is a hilarious reimagining of Rossetti’s “Jenny” by Mallory Ortberg over at The Toast. If it’s a belly laugh you’re looking for, then stick with Ortberg: try Dirtbag Jason and the Argonauts.

March 14, 2016

Chicken-or-Egg Conundrum 0

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Recommended Reading: This piece by Elisa Gabbert at Guernica Magazine in which she questions whether certain ideas can survive new shifts in language. It’s too bad she didn’t write it in emoji.