Blog Profile / The Millions


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Filed Under:Entertainment / Books
Posts on Regator:11266
Posts / Week:28.7
Archived Since:February 11, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Dear Any Soldier: Vonnegut during Wartime

I learned about fiction from a box of Kurt Vonnegut books, Operation Desert Storm, 1991. The scene was sand, and tent, and swelter, and blast concussion, and a small, unopened box. The post Dear Any Soldier: Vonnegut during Wartime appeared first on The Millions.

Dido’s Lament

Listen to Tessa Hadley read her story “Dido’s Lament” from the August 8th and 15th issue of The New Yorker. If you’re looking for the Aeneid, we recently had Virgil day here at The Millions. The post Dido’s Lament appeared first on The Millions.

A Rap on Race

Check out this conversation between Margaret Mead and James Baldwin on race, guilt, and responsibility. The post A Rap on Race appeared first on The Millions.

Trump, a Fable

Teju Cole writes a fable on Donald Trump at The New Inquiry. You could pair it with our review of Trump: The Novel. The post Trump, a Fable appeared first on The Millions.

A Different Kind of Iraq Novel: ‘War Porn’

The literature of this war has focused on the homefront to a greater degree than any other conflict in U.S. history. Roy Scranton is having none of this. The post A Different Kind of Iraq Novel: ‘War Porn’ appeared first on The Millions.

The Apples Are a Gift

“This poem fosters reading again and again, because interpretation is always reaching its limits: eventually, one runs up against a secret gesture to which the only response is either to acknowledge that there is some other conscious...Show More Summary

Love and Memory

Recommended Reading: This fantastic essay by Lea Page at The Rumpus on memory, family, and a whole lot more than that: “There could be no argument, no defense. It was, in a literal sense, true. I had said that.Sure, she had left out a significant portion of the truth, but in doing so, she had revealed another. […] The post Love and Memory appeared first on The Millions.

‘There Should be More Words Like Bittersweet’: A Conversation

"I love that in the vast, deep privacy of writing we were both circling the same darknesses."    The post ‘There Should be More Words Like Bittersweet’: A Conversation appeared first on The Millions.

A Quality of Immortality

“When watching [Abbas] Kiarostami films, one also has a great sense of another kind of freedom not found in Hollywood movies, nor in most European art films: freedom from the creeping realization that a film we are watching was madeShow More Summary

Let There Be

“LET THERE BE stress. Let the body respond to stress as it does to injury and infection. Let stress be a vulture that pecks at the mind and devours the body. This will make people less likely to be stressed. When they see stress wreak wrath upon the body, they will surely calm down a […] The post Let There Be appeared first on The Millions.

Manic Paranoid Torpor

“Soldiers eat beef teriyaki and chicken cavatelli M.R.E.s in a war zone where ‘armored ruins’ line the roads, ‘charred corpses scattered in among the blasted metal’; and sniper fire and I.E.D. ambushes are a constant threat: ‘the chaos...Show More Summary

Tuesday New Release Day: Woodson; Korkeakivi; DeWitt; Hertmans; Hemmings; McHugh; McInerney

Out this week: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson; Shining Sea by Anne Korkeakivi; White Nights in Split Town City by Annie DeWitt; War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans; How to Party with an Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings; Arrowood by Laura...Show More Summary

Teenage Dream: Life on the Pageant Circuit

We learned how to wave (one from the elbow, two from the wrist). How to eat soup (dip the spoon away from you, it looks less greedy). How to sit down (edge of the chair, legs angled to one side, ankles uncrossed). How to close a door (behind you, without turning around to look). The post Teenage Dream: Life on the Pageant Circuit appeared first on The Millions.

Boys Might Cry

Look, we get it. You’re as sad as the rest of us that Frank Ocean’s new album didn’t actually drop on Friday. Luckily, there’s a fantastic essay over at The Atlantic which examines Ocean in the context of Harper Lee and the myth of the...Show More Summary

The Point of the Hero

“Our culture claims to celebrate vigor and well-being, yet holds up steroid-­addled men and impossibly thin women as models of physical perfection. Those of us unwilling to juice or starve ourselves are left feeling inadequate and confused...Show More Summary

Little Beasties

Recommended Viewing: Over at The New Yorker, Comma Queen Mary Norris tackles the big question we didn’t know we needed answered — what pronouns do you use for your pets? The post Little Beasties appeared first on The Millions.

Critical Reappraisal: ‘Knight Rider: Trust Doesn’t Rust’

Ignored in its day as a piece of spinner-rack schlock, ‘Trust Doesn’t Rust’ has aged magnificently. The post Critical Reappraisal: ‘Knight Rider: Trust Doesn’t Rust’ appeared first on The Millions.

Sporadic Moments of Contact

“I realize that, like most fantasies, reality is likely to be more complicated. For starters, literary communities—like most communities—have echelons. They have cliques; they have ghettos. You are the wrong age, work in the wrong genre,...Show More Summary

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

Have you heard the one about the Holocaust historian who loves Donald Trump? No, really. Eric Metaxas, most well-known for his biography of the theologian/anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer, has claimed that Trump’s rhetoric isShow More Summary

Still Searching: Poets on God

How do we discern a writer’s religious beliefs? When does the private belief inform the public art? The post Still Searching: Poets on God appeared first on The Millions.

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