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March 9, 2017

Writing Against Yourself: On Leonard Michaels’s Nachman Stories 1

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Regardless of how we evaluate a book’s success, it is gratifying and noteworthy to see a artist pushing against his or her own inclinations and instincts.

March 9, 2017

The Millions Top Ten: February 2017 0

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Newcomers on this month’s list include George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo, Katie Kitamura’s A Separation, and Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living edited by Manjula Martin.

March 8, 2017

When the Private Sector Funds the Arts 35

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What we have here, when for-profit private interests take over, is not an artist residency, but a propaganda content factory. The content must “be approved by a Mall of America Marketing representative” to not be “contradictory to the Mall of America’s desired presentation of the Mall.”

March 8, 2017

Two Schools of Climate Fiction 1

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All over the world, mean temperatures rose till the polar ice caps melted and the glaciers turned into torrential rivers and the contours of the continents were altered. At around 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the equator had become a veritable oven.

March 7, 2017

Whole Lives Are Dedicated to Not Thinking About Something: The Millions Interviews Dan Chaon 2

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I pretended to be my own creation, no nature or nurture either, just a self-invented person. See? I’m just like you, readers of The Millions.

March 7, 2017

Grindr’s Poet in Residence 0

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“Starting next week, I will be the gay social networking app Grindr’s first poet in residence,” writes Max Wallis, author of Modern Love.

March 7, 2017

Bring Back the Book Jacket Photo 5

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Bring back those full-page portraits that pronounced I wrote a book, damn it.

March 7, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Hamid; Didion; Attenberg; Chaon; Bandi; La Farge; Morris 0

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Out this week: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid; South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion; All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg; Ill Will by Dan Chaon; The Accusation by Bandi; The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge; and American Berserk by our own Bill Morris. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

March 6, 2017

There Are More Important Things Than Happiness: On Reading Eimear McBride 1

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Which of these two scenarios — despair so great it drives one to suicide, or happy forgetting — is preferable in a novel of our times?

March 6, 2017

“delicate husk, inconvenient hair” 0

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Recommended Reading: “So Often the Body Becomes a Distraction” by Kaveh Akbar.