Blog Profile / The Millions


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Archived Since:February 11, 2009

Blog Post Archive

No Longer Science Fiction

“Set in the 2020s and 2030s in a collapsing and crashed America, the Parables books have always seemed incredibly and disturbingly prescient—and in the wake of November 8, 2016 they now seem downright spooky, the actual and accurate history of the future.” How Octavia Butler predicted the present. Show More Summary

Punch Back with Books

“If you have a story to tell the world, please consider improving your craft and seriously pursuing publication. Your voice matters; add it to the narrative.” A list of “bookish ways to fight the good fight” from BookRiot. The post Punch Back with Books appeared first on The Millions.

Modern Library Revue #5: Brave New World

Disdain is empathy’s evil and more efficient twin, both born of close observation. Novels that consider individual reactions to events must be empathetic. But any novelist who wishes to depict society must harness disdain in order to make the depiction stick for the long term. The post Modern Library Revue #5: Brave New World appeared first on The Millions.

Tuesday New Release Day: Smith; Noah; Sealy; Wideman; Hopler; Cash

Out this week: Swing Time by Zadie Smith; Born a Crime by Trevor Noah; The China Sketchbook by I. Allen Sealy; Writing to Save a Life by John Edgar Wideman; The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler; and Forever Words by the late Johnny...Show More Summary

Aftermath

“So what now? Well, first and foremost, we need to feel.” The New Yorker has essays from sixteen writers including Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, Mary Karr, and Gary Shteyngart on the causes for and effects of Trump’s win. The post Aftermath appeared first on The Millions.

Read All About It

“No matter who we’re horny to blame for our great national nightmare today, the Washington Post is offering a solution.” The Awl reports that The Washington Post is offering free digital subscriptions for students, the military, and government employers. The post Read All About It appeared first on The Millions.

Here Refrain

Beautiful, shimmer, jetty. Poets Joy Harjo, Claudia Rankine, Robert Pinsky et al. tell Merriam-Webster about their favorite words. Related, and far less pretty: the most-looked-up words post-election include fascism, bigot, and xenophobe. The post Here Refrain appeared first on The Millions.

Trauma Is the Thing We Inherit

When I started this essay, my father was on his deathbed and now as I finish it, he is no longer alive. When I think of his past, I find myself asking: How much did his past shape him? How much of a choice did he have in becoming the man he became? The post Trauma Is the Thing We Inherit appeared first on The Millions.

This Slim and Slippery Thread of Hope

“The day after we elected Donald Trump, I told my daughter the truth: This was the wrong choice. I am devastated. I am furious. And I am sorry, because you deserve better.” Nicole Chung with some beautiful words over at Buzzfeed. The post This Slim and Slippery Thread of Hope appeared first on The Millions.

The Millions Top Ten: October 2016

Books, at the end of a very bad wek The post The Millions Top Ten: October 2016 appeared first on The Millions.

Believe the Autocrat

“Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat – and won. I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I have learned a few rules for surviving in an autocracy and salvaging your sanity and […] The post Believe the Autocrat appeared first on The Millions.

If I Could Talk to Animals: American Bill Broun’s Thoroughly British Novel

It doesn’t matter so much where you place your faith, but that you place it at all: in God, in the person standing next to you, or the dog at your feet. The post If I Could Talk to Animals: American Bill Broun’s Thoroughly British Novel appeared first on The Millions.

Time Is the Only Effective Salve: On Vi Khi Nao’s ‘Fish in Exile’

What grows within you after you experience a deeply felt loss robs you of your ability to address it; the loss of the self that accompanies grieving serves only to create distance between you and those closest to you. Death not onlyShow More Summary

Keeper of Stories: On Maja Haderlap’s ‘Angel of Oblivion’

Along with everything else she accomplishes with this powerful work, Haderlaps deserves praise for breaking the silence to bring the stories of Slovenian-speaking Austrians to a much broader audience. The post Keeper of Stories: On Maja Haderlap’s ‘Angel of Oblivion’ appeared first on The Millions.

Layered in Sleep with Marcel Proust

As you might well expect from an invalid, Proust brings a wealth of personal experience to the subject of sleep. The post Layered in Sleep with Marcel Proust appeared first on The Millions.

Tuesday New Release Day: Levine; Birch; Wieringa; Boland; Plumly

Out this week: My Lost Poets by Philip Levine; Orphans of the Carnival by Carol Birch; These Are the Names by Tommy Wieringa; A Poet’s Dublin by Eavan Boland; and Against Sunset by Stanley Plumly. For more on these and other new titles,...Show More Summary

Little Libraries that Could

In exciting micro library news, Book Riot reports that the 50,000-th Little Free Library was “planted” on November 4th, doubling the number of Little Libraries in the U.S. a year and a half ago.  We’re all in agreement that big libraries are more vital than ever, though, right? The post Little Libraries that Could appeared first on The Millions.

Read with your Ears

“You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving).” Simon Lowe chooses his 10 favorite book podcasts for The Guardian. We featured a list of some must-listens earlier this year too. The post Read with your Ears appeared first on The Millions.

Writing on the Wall

“The Chinese people are on high alert that criticism of the government, independent thinking, and challenges to official narratives are dangerous.” PEN America has published “Writing on the Wall,” a report about the disappearance, late...Show More Summary

Scissoring, Othering, and ‘The Handmaiden’

What is it with straight people, especially straight men, and scissoring? Among the many sexual acts that queer women perform with each other, this one seems, at least in our experience, to be the one that fascinates them the most. The post Scissoring, Othering, and ‘The Handmaiden’ appeared first on The Millions.

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