Blog Profile / The Millions


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Archived Since:February 11, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Pinup Plath

“Presenting female writers as sexualized and frivolous diminishes their intellectual credentials, tarnishes their work as slight, not to be taken seriously.” The cover of the U.K. edition of The Letters of Sylvia Plath, a new collection of unpublished correspondence by the late author, features her in a bikini because, sexism. Show More Summary

2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Award finalists are announced. The post 2017 National Book Award Finalists Announced appeared first on The Millions.

An Ode to Reading on Public Transit

In the past six months, I’ve finished 15 novels. My thoughts have since kaleidoscoped; my dreams have evolved; my concentration has slowly but surely fortified over time. I use social media less and less each day. The post An Ode to Reading on Public Transit appeared first on The Millions.

Women Who Want Out

Shafrir, Lacey, and Nutting have written novels about women who just want out: of their love lives, their work lives, and the networks that startup culture has engineered to broker mergers between the two. Please, they are saying. Stop it. Leave us alone. The post Women Who Want Out appeared first on The Millions.

Emergent Criticism

The National Book Critics Circle has announced its inaugural class of Emerging Critics, including our own Ismail Muhammad! Read his first piece for us, “Frank Ocean and the Black Male Body,” here. The post Emergent Criticism appeared first on The Millions.

Tuesday New Release Day: Egan; Eugenides; Thien; Okeowo; Solomon; St. Aubyn; Machado; Coates

Out this week: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan; Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides; Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien; A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo; An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon; Dunbar by Edward St. Show More Summary

Must-Read Poetry: October 2017

Poetry is malleable and moving; a form that will never tire of importance. The post Must-Read Poetry: October 2017 appeared first on The Millions.

Spitting in the Face of Empire: The Millions Interviews Nisi Shawl

I think of speculative fiction as basically taking care of all of our needs when it comes to imagining ourselves, imagining ourselves doing better, imagining ourselves in the future, imagining ourselves in the past. The post Spitting in the Face of Empire: The Millions Interviews Nisi Shawl appeared first on The Millions.

Write to the End

“This is worth repeating to yourself every day as you sit down at your keyboard: You must write to the end of the story. You must make progress toward that end today. A sentence, a paragraph, a chapter. You must push the story forward, forward, forward. Don’t stop until you get to the end.” Hugh Howey […] The post Write to the End appeared first on The Millions.

Marcel Proust Paid for Positive Book Reviews

“The French writer Marcel Proust paid for glowing reviews of the first volume of his Remembrance of Things Past to be put into newspapers.” Letters by Proust, which will be auctioned off at Soethby’s in Paris next month, reveal he was willing to pay handsomely for flattering references to his novel. Show More Summary

Hemingway’s First Short Story Unearthed

“The notebook was there, unharmed, tucked inside a Ziploc freezer bag, with ‘Sep. 8, 1909,’ written in black marker.” After Hurricane Irma passed over Key West, Florida, writer and historian Brewster Chamberlin confirmed the relic he had found in May was safe: a notebook containing the first short story by a 10-year-old Ernest Hemingway. Show More Summary

Goodreads Celebrates Its Tenth Birthday

“We started with just the two of us, and now it’s the largest reading community in the world.” Publishers Weekly interviewed Goodreads founders Otis Chandler and Elizabeth Khuri Chandler about the site they founded 10 years ago, which now boasts 65 million members. Show More Summary

October Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)

We wouldn’t dream of abandoning our vast semi–annual Most Anticipated Book Previews, but we thought a monthly reminder would be helpful (and give us a chance to note titles we missed the first time around).  Here’s what we’re looking out for this month. Show More Summary

Coates, A Public Intellectual

The New York Times profiles MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates as one of America’s foremost public intellectuals. His book We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (which we have been anticipating for months) is released this Tuesday. The post Coates, A Public Intellectual appeared first on The Millions.

Non Fiction Takes A Certain Vulnerability

We’ve recommended reading up on Jenny Zhang‘s Sour Heart before, this interview in Hazlitt is one of our favorites. “And maybe this is crude to talk about, it’s not even that I don’t want to write a memoir. Beyond that, do you understand...Show More Summary

The Creative Life: How We Do It (Any Way We Can)

We’re everywhere.  Poets and children’s book writers.  Novelists and memoirists.  Painters and sculptors, dancers and actors. We clean your teeth, snake the clogs in your drain, and drop off color copies to your desk during the week.  The post The Creative Life: How We Do It (Any Way We Can) appeared first on The Millions.

Great Art Doesn’t Just Happen: The Millions Interviews Bill Goldstein

And then every so often you just stop yourself in awe and realize, these are Virginia Woolf’s letters! This is her paper, her ink, she wrote this — it’s not a facsimile. The post Great Art Doesn’t Just Happen: The Millions Interviews Bill Goldstein appeared first on The Millions.

Hell Doesn’t Discriminate: On ‘Spoils’ by Brian Van Reet

War often becomes about survival; the rest is noise and silence. The post Hell Doesn’t Discriminate: On ‘Spoils’ by Brian Van Reet appeared first on The Millions.

Our World Is Straight-Up Surreal: The Millions Interviews Carmen Maria Machado

My body is flawed and also falls outside of specific culturally-acceptable parameters and is also actively oppressed. It experiences pleasure and brings me joy and it suffers; I fight against it and love it and accept it and loathe it. Show More Summary

National Book Foundation’s 2017 “5 Under 35” Honorees Announced

The National Book Foundation announced the 2017 Honorees for "5 under 35," an annual prize that recognizes five debut fiction writers whose work will "leave an indelible mark" in literature. The post National Book Foundation’s 2017 “5 Under 35” Honorees Announced appeared first on The Millions.

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