Blog Profile / The Millions

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Poetry and Joy

“I really do hate the idea that black joy itself is a joy derived in spite of. While it may indeed include that, limiting it to such assumes that joy among black people only exists as a defiant response to oppression from white people. I’d rather believe that black folk are capable of this deep […] The post Poetry and Joy appeared first on The Millions.

Tuesday New Release Day: Erdrich; Müller; Haddon; Barnes; Null; Hurley; Abramson; Cage

Out this week: LaRose by Louise Erdrich; The Fox Was Ever the Hunter by Herta Müller; The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon; The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes; Allegheny Front by Matthew Neill Null; The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley; JustShow More Summary

Here’s to the Cowardly Ones: On Dmitri Shostakovich and Emotional Rebellion

If Shostakovich succumbed to power, it was in an effort to leave to the world with beauty that cannot be marred by power. The post Here’s to the Cowardly Ones: On Dmitri Shostakovich and Emotional Rebellion appeared first on The Millions.

To Burn, or Not To Burn

The Russian Ministry of Culture has come under fire recently after accusations were levied by the Russian Writers’ Union of some 500 books having been removed from libraries by authorities in the Komi republic–and another fifty allegedly incinerated in the process. Show More Summary

What Should Be ‘Forbid’

“On closer inspection, however, the book comes off as something more complicated than a flowering of one eccentric and filthy man’s erotic imagination. Its elaborate descriptions of pleasure given and taken start to seem like scrimsShow More Summary

Using a Writer’s Tools

“I don’t know anymore where I begin and Obama ends.” Go and check out this fascinating profile of Ben Rhodes, the “Boy Wonder of the Obama Whitehouse,” who dropped out of his second year at NYU’s M.F.A. program after witnessing the attacks...Show More Summary

Die a Million People: On ‘The Colonel Who Would Not Repent’

Salil Tripathi's book serves as a primer to the current crisis -- including the extremists’ slaying of foreigners, non-Muslims, and writers that has begun since the book’s completion. The post Die a Million People: On ‘The Colonel Who Would Not Repent’ appeared first on The Millions.

Clarissa Explains It All

Recommended Reading: This piece by Adelle Waldman at The New Yorker on loving and loathing Samuel Richardson, “the man who made the modern novel.” The post Clarissa Explains It All appeared first on The Millions.

My Backward People

“Our literary culture has distended and warped by focusing so much power in a singular place, by crowding the gatekeepers into a small ditch of commerce. A review in the Times trumps everything else. You can’t tell me that this doesn’t affect what is, finally, bound into books, marketed, and sold. Show More Summary

The Revolution Has Been Televised: On Big Sports and Big Money

In 1966, baseball’s reserve clause that bound a player to one team meant that the average major league player’s salary was $14,000. Topps paid each exactly $125 to put them on a bubble-gum card. The post The Revolution Has Been Televised: On Big Sports and Big Money appeared first on The Millions.

Asking To Be Born

“Every man or woman who is sane, every man or woman who has the feeling of being a person in the world, and for whom the world means something, every happy person, is in infinite debt to a woman.” What would today be without a bit of Mother’s Day-inspired Recommended Reading? Head over to Brain […] The post Asking To Be Born appeared first on The Millions.

Berlin Stories, Redux

“Home is the place where there is someone who does not wish you any pain.” Stop what you’re doing and go read this interview with Darryl Pinckney, author of Black Deutschland, over at The Rumpus. Here’s a great Millions essay on Christopher...Show More Summary

No Matter How Small

Over at The Atlantic, Lydia Millet argues for the power and legitimacy of The Lorax’s moral message. Millet believes that the heavy-handedness of activist-minded fiction like The Lorax is powerful partly due to “its shamelessness. It pulls no punches; it wears its teacher heart on its sleeve.” The post No Matter How Small appeared first on The Millions.

Most Time Is Upside Down

“I HAVE A FLOWER. OHO. SUDDENLY WE’RE NOT SO SKEPTICAL, ARE WE?” I know it’s 2016 and he’s been dead for almost two hundred years now, but these otherwise inexplicable texts from Samuel Coleridge (by way of Mallory Ortberg at The Toast) are hilarious and totally believable. Show More Summary

Exotic and Rarely Worn

“My mind flashed that disembodied jaw at me in a jaw’s version of full color; a dirty white that bone and snow agree on.” This piece of original short fiction from Kashana Cauley at The Daily Beast will make you never want to set foot in a Hermés store (or shop on Black Friday) again. The post Exotic and Rarely Worn appeared first on The Millions.

If You’re Reading This

Actor and humorist Nick Offerman at “By The Book” on choosing George Saunders to write his hypothetical life story: “I think [Saunders] would embarrass me by telling the justifiable truth, but with such élan that I would have to shrug and say, ‘It was worth it.’ If anybody could pull it off, I believe Mr. Show More Summary

Truck Driver From the Waist Down

Recommended Reading: On the forgotten journalism of Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee’s forays into journalism included a 1,200-word profile of Officer Dewey, the lead investigator in the series of murders which were the...Show More Summary

It’s Clear What To Feel

Michael Chabon recently traveled to the city of Hebron in Palestine in order to research an upcoming book on the decades-long Israeli occupation. He was less than thrilled with what he saw. In an interview with American Jewish magazine,...Show More Summary

You Mother

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to prepare yourself than by taking a look at this list of ten fictional mothers who will have you thanking God for yours. From Emma Bovary of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary to Mrs. Lisbon of The Virgin Suicides, these mothers will remind you that it could always […] The post You Mother appeared first on The Millions.

We Owned Ourselves

“To be able to sing under that kind of oppression I think, in a lot of ways, is the very essence of survival, of a people, of the ability to have to the hope to make something beautiful amongst so much wretchedness.” Tyehimba Jess, author of the fantastic new collection of poetry Olio, is interviewed over […] The post We Owned Ourselves appeared first on The Millions.

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