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April 26, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: O’Nan; NDiaye; Mogelson; Hipps; Carr 0

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Out this week: City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan; Ladivine by Marie NDiaye; These Heroic, Happy Dead by Luke Mogelson; The Adventurist by J. Bradford Hipps; and Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them by Emily Carr. 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 shop at Amazon.

April 25, 2016

Remain Ourselves 0

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“Why is love rich beyond all other possible human experiences and a sweet burden to those seized in its grasp? Because we become what we love and yet remain ourselves.” The remarkable love letters of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger are both touching and predictably philosophical. Here’s a jarring, surreal reimagining of three works of Arendt’s over at […]

April 25, 2016

Born Weird 8

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Meet the man who calls his own fans “scum,” R. Crumb. Crumb first rose to prominence after the 1968 debut of Zap Comix, the first of the majorly successful “underground comix” publications. His work with legendary poet Charles Bukowski is worth taking a look.

April 25, 2016

Ruling Her Realm 0

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“People are deeply uncomfortable with the idea that the characters they love and regard as people, real people, were made up by someone, especially if that someone is a woman.” Cassandra Clare, the author who began by writing fanfiction and went on to pen the wildly successful The Mortal Instruments series, talks about her work with […]

April 25, 2016

That’s My Soul on the Page: The Millions Interviews Curtis Sittenfeld 1

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“I would never want to write an essay on what feminism is in 2016. I would read that essay, but I would not write that essay.”

April 25, 2016

It Ain’t Hard To Tell 0

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This essay by Mensah Demary for Electric Literature on Nas and the literary legitimacy of hip-hop is the best thing you’ll read this morning. “Nas is a world-class storyteller and practitioner of the narrative form,” Demary writes, “I don’t understand why there isn’t more discussion around hip-hop’s literary value among today’s millennial-and-boomer intelligentsia.”

April 25, 2016

I Am Not a Writer 0

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“I grew up hearing my father digging into words for images that will stretch the limits of life for my siblings and me. In my father’s mouth, bitter, rigid words become sweet and elastic like taffy candy. His poetry shields us from the poverty of our lives.” Kao Kalia Yang for The Literary Hub on learning to understand […]

April 25, 2016

Years with Yoko 1

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Art is a conversation between you and someone you’ve probably never met, and that conversation can continue for so long.

April 24, 2016

Speaking Of Violence 0

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Recommended Reading: This beautiful essay from The Rumpus on the ambivalence of Jewishness and a whole lot more nuance than this Curiosity can communicate. Here’s an essay by Gabriel Brownstein from The Millions on what it means to be labeled as a Jewish writer.

April 24, 2016

Such Thing As a FAT MIND? 0

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“Directly you are in motion you will feel quite helpless, and experience a sensation of being run away with, and it will seem as if the machine were trying to throw you off.” The bicycle was little more than a confusing craze back in 1877. The London Library has just uncovered some fascinating and hilarious […]