Blog Profile / The Millions

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To Kill a Reputation

Harper Lee may have died earlier this year, but the drama surrounding her final years rages on. Last week, a stage adaptation of Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird was performed in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, as it has for many years. Show More Summary

Book of the Month’s 3 Most Popular Books

Book of the Month’s most loved titles of 2016 -- selected by the club’s judges, and celebrated by its members. The post Book of the Month’s 3 Most Popular Books appeared first on The Millions.

For the Squares

“To use the lingo of their era, these novels are square. The protagonists have names like Jane and Barbara; they are not the misfits of which much teen literature is made but instead fundamentally good girls who long to fit in, and usually...Show More Summary

Finished or Completed?

Recommended Reading: This long look at “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” an exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art which explores the difference between completing and finishing an artwork. The post Finished or Completed? appeared first on The Millions.

The Sunshine(?) State

Was Miami made for the mystery novel? The most iconic mysteries and detective novels are anchored firmly in their sense of place, and no place is more hospitable to commodifiable crime and violence than sunny South Beach. If it’s more Florida weirdness you’re after, look no further than our own Nick Moran. The post The Sunshine(?) State appeared first on The Millions.

Some People Are Noble

“The terrible thing is that the reality behind these words depends ultimately on what the human being (meaning every single one of us) believes to be real. The terrible thing is that the reality behind all these words depends on choices one has got to make, for ever and ever and ever, every day.” James […] The post Some People Are Noble appeared first on The Millions.

Do You Hear A Cricket?

John Cage–renowned composer, music theorist, writer, artist, and Zen enthusiast–is a a veritable treasure trove of Curiosities. Here’s a video from 1973 of Cage performing his most famous piece, 4’33”, in Harvard Square. It’s hard for even the man himself to top the genius of this inspired performance, however. The post Do You Hear A Cricket? appeared first on The Millions.

Sanity Is a Construct

Recommended Perusing: This list from Electric Literature of six contemporary innovators of the short story. From Lorrie Moore to Alejandro Zambra, it is some seriously good company. The post Sanity Is a Construct appeared first on The Millions.

Filing Fees and Free Shipping

“As I got older, the Nigerian scam artist turned into a meme. The ‘Nigerian prince’ became a joke tossed around by white people with the same ease that ‘Italian mobster’ jokes were likely tossed around in the ‘70s—but aided now by the internet. Show More Summary

The Revolution Will Not Be E-Read

According to some new research conducted by ebook retailer Kobo, the digital reading revolution (if it still exists) is being powered by prolific readers who are primarily female and older than forty-five. The study asserts that women...Show More Summary

Love – Love

“When the French would go to serve, they often said, Tenez!, the French word for ‘take it,’ meaning ‘coming at you, heads up.’ We preserve this custom of warning the opponent in our less lyrical way by stating the score just before we toss up the ball. It was the Italians who, having overheard the […] The post Love – Love appeared first on The Millions.

Cool For Us

Eileen Myles, the poet and self-described “loudmouthed lesbian (which means mainstream invisible)” has given One Grand Books a list of her ten favorite books from the Djuna Barnes’ classic Nightwood to John Wieners’ Supplication: Selected Poems. Here’s a complementary Millions essay on Eileen Myles and the fugitive form. The post Cool For Us appeared first on The Millions.

Reality Slips

“I sensed myself hurtling into the reality of the film, and leaving my own behind.” Esme Weijun Wang writes on the slippage of reality in films and schizoaffective disorder. The post Reality Slips appeared first on The Millions.

Good Clean Fun

Nick Offerman is a jack of all trades—since leaving Parks and Recreation, he has performed in a stage production of A Confederacy of Dunces, and now he’s about to publish his third book, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Workshop. He sat down for an interview with Etsy this week. The post Good Clean Fun appeared first on The Millions.

Stories in Space

Recommended Reading: On new posters from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and space travel’s place in storytelling. Dominic Smith asks why there aren’t more stories in space. The post Stories in Space appeared first on The Millions.

In Context

At Signature Reads, Matt Staggs offers some reading suggestions in light of the discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws recently passed in Mississippi, North Carolina, and other states. The post In Context appeared first on The Millions.

Literary Tastemaker Extraordinare

“In a new biography, The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf, Literary Tastemaker Extraordinaire (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Laura Claridge argues that Blanche Knopf was actually the more important and influential of the two Knopfs. That’s...Show More Summary

Black Berets Unite: In Praise of Pretentiousness

A partial list of things labeled pretentious in my home town: indie rock, foreign films, mobile phones, vegetarian diets, keeping one’s maiden name, carrying bottled water, wearing all black, drinking wine, reading The New York Times,...Show More Summary

Moving On

Our editor Lydia Kiesling writes at The Cut about throwing away her senior prom dress. For more of her thoughts on femininity and growing up, read her piece about beauty and her daughter. The post Moving On appeared first on The Millions.

Writing for Their Lives

Over at Bloom check out this 3-part feature—a conversation and excerpts—on fiction writers-cum-memoirists Robin Black (If I Loved You I Would Tell You This, Life Drawing) and Natalie Serber (Shout Her Lovely Name)—former classmates at...Show More Summary

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