Blog Profile / The Millions


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Archived Since:February 11, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Iraqi Speculative Fiction Comes to the US

“It comprises 10 short stories written by Iraqis, all of whom were guided by a simple yet fertile premise: What might Iraq look like a century from now?” The Atlantic review’s Tor’s anthology Iraq + 100 (originally published last year...Show More Summary

Inside the Mind of a Book Critic

“A book critic working today must contend with a world in which more diverse voices are heard and the traditional gatekeepers have less power to enforce conformity.” LitHub interviewed Kate Tuttle, the president of the National Book Critics Circle about literary criticism. Show More Summary

‘Mockingbird’ Removed from Reading List

A Mississippi school district has decided to pull Harper Lee‘s To Kill a Mockingbird from its junior-high reading list because it “makes people uncomfortable.” The novel, which frequently tops the American Library Association’s “Frequently Challenged Book” list, tackles racism. Show More Summary

Lack of Diversity in Romance Novels

The Ripped Bodice (the only bookstore in the United States dedicated solely to romance books) released a report looking at the state of diversity in 2016 romance novels. Last year there were only 7.8 published romance novels by writers of color for every 100 books from 20 major romance publishing companies. Show More Summary

Lit on YouTube

For Electric Literature Jennifer Baker interviews Yahdon Israel who hosts the weekly literary interview series LIT on Youtube. On his inspiration for starting the show; “I watch a great deal of interviews on the Breakfast Club, James Lipton’s Inside the Actors Studio, Sway in the Morning, Hot 97, Between Two Ferns. Show More Summary

Toni Morrison Changed the Literary Canon

Read our own Kaila Philo’s essay on Toni Morrison’s new book The Origin of Others and then pair it with Nell Irvin Painter’s reflection on ‘Toni Morrison’s Radical Vision of Otherness.’ “Morrison’s history of Othering represents an intervention in history on several fronts. Show More Summary

True Tragedy

“The way this propaganda works is you take something insane and wrap it in a little bit of truth, and then all those people swallow it because it’s wrapped in a little bit of truth.” Columbia Journalism Review talks to the victims of fake news, from Sandy Hook parents to election overseers. Also worth thinking […] The post True Tragedy appeared first on The Millions.

The 7 Habits of Self-Help

“I have learned to consume them in secret, in my own home, reading them the way you would eat a bag of M&M’s that you keep stashed behind the kale chips.” Jake Tobin Garrett for Electric Literature about the allure of self-help books. See also:“Unleashing the Essence of Self-Help Books in Three Simple Steps.” The post The 7 Habits of Self-Help appeared first on The Millions.

Plunging Into the Infinite: How Literature Captures the Essence of Chess

Fiction has the unparalleled ability to grant us insight into a character's psyche. It is therefore uniquely qualified to explore the nature of chess itself. The post Plunging Into the Infinite: How Literature Captures the Essence of Chess appeared first on The Millions.

How to Be Lonely: A Booklist

The Door wrecked me in an already wrecked state last January. The book dwells on humans and their secrets and suggests a gruff sort of love that might entail just leaving people alone. The post How to Be Lonely: A Booklist appeared first on The Millions.

How I Finished My Novel by Moving to Berlin, Playing Pokémon Go, and Walking a Dog Named Lenny

I wanted to see if Pokémon Go could work as a kind of therapy by sending me to obscure locations, rewarding me for doing the opposite of what my inner monologue would normally tell me to do. The post How I Finished My Novel by Moving to Berlin, Playing Pokémon Go, and Walking a Dog Named Lenny appeared first on The Millions.

2017’s Literary Geniuses

The 2017 MacArthur "Genius grants" have been announced. The post 2017’s Literary Geniuses appeared first on The Millions.

Write What You Know? Identity Politics and Fiction

If it weren’t so illustrative of the loaded identitarian schism at the heart of leftist politics, it would make for the perfect right-wing conspiracy: not only have well-meaning liberals become too PC, they are now roundly dismissedShow More Summary

We’re Not Going Anywhere: The Millions Interviews Attica Locke

I do not believe white nationalists in Charlottesville get to define what America is. They are a very loud and very visible symptom of a big-ass problem, but they’re not the whole of what we are. The post We’re Not Going Anywhere: The Millions Interviews Attica Locke appeared first on The Millions.

Tuesday New Release Day: Fridlund; Lagioia; Alderman; Keneally; Reid; Oberman; O’Hagan; Oliver

Out this week: Catapult by Emily Fridlund; Ferocity by Nicola Lagioia; The Power by Naomi Alderman; Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally; A Scattering and Anniversary by Christopher Reid; The Unstill Ones by Miller Oberman; The Secret Life by Andrew O’Hagan; and Devotions by Mary Oliver. Show More Summary

Dispatches from Nicosia: Birds, Cats, and the Cyprus Talks

I am here to research, among other questions, the poet C.P. Cavafy. The entire enterprise bears an imprint of ridiculousness the poet himself might have appreciated. The post Dispatches from Nicosia: Birds, Cats, and the Cyprus Talks appeared first on The Millions.

The Crash

“Throughout the Crash, I wrote free-hand, not caring about the style or if something I wrote in the afternoon contradicted something I’d established in the story that morning. The priority was simply to get the ideas surfacing and growing. Show More Summary

Generally Five Stars

“Even weeks after its publication, no one agrees on What Happened and Clinton’s ability to assess her own past. But in post-truth America, the truth that becomes history may well be decided by star-rating.” The Guardian considers how Amazon reviews became the new battlefield of US politics. Show More Summary

The Complete Vonnegut

“It all adds up to a fascinating portrait-of-the-artist-on-the-make in the booming 1950s. And it makes you wish the stories were better.” Year-in-Reading alum Jess Walter reviews a new (911-page) collection of stories by Kurt Vonnegut. See...Show More Summary

2017 Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Announced

The Baillie Gifford Prize, which celebrates the best of non-fiction writing, announced their shortlist. The post 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Announced appeared first on The Millions.

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