Blog Profile / The Millions


URL :http://www.themillionsblog.com/
Filed Under:Entertainment / Books
Posts on Regator:12291
Posts / Week:27.9
Archived Since:February 11, 2009

Blog Post Archive

How I Learned to Start Driving (and Writing)

It’s the starting, and the prospect of starting, and the thinking about how I will have to think about starting, that makes me want to vomit and die on the floor for a long time. The post How I Learned to Start Driving (and Writing) appeared first on The Millions.

Doctors, Harp Lies, and Trump Talk

On one afternoon, I saw four consecutive patients with no history of hypertension who all posted blood pressure recordings above standard values. Each blamed our recent banter about Donald Trump. The post Doctors, Harp Lies, and Trump Talk appeared first on The Millions.

In Search of Lost Self

“I feel nothing. I think: What an ugly place for it to happen. I call it The Accident. I didn’t hear, or see, or feel any of it, or if I did, I stored it somewhere irretrievable even to me.” Gloria Harrison‘s essay “Where the Highway Splits” stuns over at The Rumpus. The post In Search of Lost Self appeared first on The Millions.

Tuesday New Release Day: Basu; Fuller; Bollen; Spencer; Fallon; Laird

Out this week: The Windfall by Diksha Basu; Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller; The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen; River Under the Road by Scott Spencer; The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon; and Modern Gods by Nick Laird. Show More Summary

Books & Mortar: A Day in the Life of Judy Blume, Bookseller

When we first opened, a hen came into the store. We stayed calm, though we were thinking, if that chicken gets scared and starts flying around she’s going to poop on our books! Lucky for us, she wandered around, then with some gentle urging, walked out the way she walked in. The post Books & Mortar: A Day in the Life of Judy Blume, Bookseller appeared first on The Millions.

Lowering the Millennial Boom

“Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.” Pew Research Center drops the boom mic. Pair with this confession by a self-proclaimed librarian drone. The post Lowering the Millennial Boom appeared first on The Millions.

“Capitalism is a Very Successful Cancer”: The Millions Interviews Eugene Lim

I’d like to describe the chaotic matrix in which we’re living through some other narrative device, some new way that supersedes our dependence on character as empathy avatar. The post “Capitalism is a Very Successful Cancer”: The Millions Interviews Eugene Lim appeared first on The Millions.

Place Your Bids

“I’ve learnt so much from this profound novelist about nuance, understatement, technique.” Eighteen handwritten homages to Jane Austen by well-known writers are up for auction until tomorrow. Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hilary Mantel,...Show More Summary

American Myth: The Short, Beautiful Life of Breece D’J Pancake

The best American writer of his generation would have been sixty-five this week. The post American Myth: The Short, Beautiful Life of Breece D’J Pancake appeared first on The Millions.

The Parent Trap

“This is how he justified what he did even as he knew what kind of parent he’d become, the kind that used to make him gag as recently as two months ago. The ones who blithely assumed their online friends were gluttons for punishment. Here’s my baby lying on his back! And here’s my baby […] The post The Parent Trap appeared first on The Millions.

The People Hath Spoken

Is it possible to figure out Shakespeare’s politics from his plays? At the very least, there’s a lot we can learn. The post The People Hath Spoken appeared first on The Millions.

The Golden Arches of Nostalgia

We’d walk into a McDonald’s and smell the familiar fried food and order the same burger and French fries and I'd taste the idea of home on my tongue. I would awake to the realization that this taste could be home. The post The Golden Arches of Nostalgia appeared first on The Millions.

Where to Begin

“I saw a novel with a mysterious-looking black woman on the cover. That was why I picked it up – because of the African woman on the cover of a book in the Science Fiction and Fantasy section. I read the first page and my eyes nearly popped out.” Book Riot has a killer roundup […] The post Where to Begin appeared first on The Millions.

The Harrowing Translations of Valeria Luiselli

The number of refugees is staggering and the circumstances harrowing: If you are a girl crossing the border from Mexico, there is an 80 percent chance that you will be raped. The post The Harrowing Translations of Valeria Luiselli appeared first on The Millions.

“Is This Me?” The Handmaid Narrative on Page and Screen

While transforming Offred into a stereotypically empowered representation of a woman may make the show more appealing to some viewers, I found it disheartening. The post “Is This Me?” The Handmaid Narrative on Page and Screen appeared first on The Millions.

I Will Never Tire of Swimming Inside Language: The Millions Interviews Lidia Yuknavitch

The desire to tell outweighed the fear of telling. Also Chuck Palahniuk dared me. In a parking lot. True story. The post I Will Never Tire of Swimming Inside Language: The Millions Interviews Lidia Yuknavitch appeared first on The Millions.

Nevertheless the Artiste Persisted

“A quick scan of the literature shows that the writerly gaze has been most often turned on male artists and their creative processes and passions.” Claire V Mullins aims to redirect this gaze with a list for Electric Literature of 11 novels about female artists, including Zadie Smith‘s latest, Swing Time, which we reviewed last year. Show More Summary

Git Yer Free e-Books Here

Free e-book bibliophiles rejoice, you now have yet another place to download public domain e-books. The Digital Reader reports on Standard Ebooks, a volunteer-based project to “produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted,...Show More Summary

Take A Look

“I remember LeVar shooting at a zoo and an elephant had a cold and kept blowing snot all over him. He never lost his cool. ‘OK, let’s try it again.’” OMG guys, Mental Floss has an oral history of Reading Rainbow! And let us also never forget the reminiscences of our founder C. Max Magee‘s mom […] The post Take A Look appeared first on The Millions.

How David Shields Turned Me Into a U.F.O.

This is not a knock on Shields—or me—because all writers are free to choose their subject matter and use their source material as they see fit. The post How David Shields Turned Me Into a U.F.O. appeared first on The Millions.

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