Blog Profile / The Millions


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Archived Since:February 11, 2009

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A Year in Reading: Anthony Marra

The book that stuck with me most is The Big Con by David Maurer, a social anthropology of grifters, swindlers, and confidence artists that provided me an unexpectedly useful lens to view Donald Trump. The post A Year in Reading: Anthony Marra appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Bridgett M. Davis

The best books I’ve read this year are themselves a prescient compilation, a kind of personalized, serial guidebook for the new world order we now inhabit. The post A Year in Reading: Bridgett M. Davis appeared first on The Millions...

Tuesday New Release Day: Sheck; Yoshimoto; Manning; Axat; Norton

New this week: Island of the Mad by Laurie Sheck; Moshi-Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto; One Man’s Dark by Maurice Manning; Kill the Next One by Federico Axat; and Loveland by Graham Norton. For more on these and other new titles, go readShow More Summary

A Year in Reading: ?Natashia Deón

I believe that words are swords. For my purposes, swords against injustice, a voice to the marginalized. Words are power that come from our lips, or are read from our pages. The post A Year in Reading: ?Natashia Deón appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Ed Yong

It’s shocking, beautifully written, and, with white supremacy knocking on the White House door, more important than ever. Some books are great, some books are essential. White Rage is the latter. The post A Year in Reading: Ed Yong appeared first on The Millions.

Another Iraq

“In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have to read this book. It would be tattooed on the eyes of the invasion’s architects, force them to see everything through these writers’ words.” NPR reviews Iraq + 100: Stories from Another Iraq, an collection in which 10 Iraqi authors […] The post Another Iraq appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

What a relief to be reminded of the vital importance of books when it feels like the world around is crumbling. Worth remembering as we stumble together into 2017. The post A Year in Reading: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney appeared first on The Millions.

Jenny Diski In Memoriam

“On the outside, she was immaculately poised, always elegantly dressed, with perfectly cut, silver hair; witty, brilliant company, properly opinionated, impatient with compromise or cant, what the book blurbs called ‘fiercely intelligent.’...Show More Summary

Longlisting Other Languages

PEN America has announced the longlist for its 2017 Translation Prize, including Deborah Smith for Han Kang’s The Vegetarian (see our review here), Carlos Rojas for Yan Lianke’s The Explosion Chronicles, and Victoria Cribb for Sjón‘s Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was. Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Kiese Laymon

It was the stuff I read online, in magazines, or poems I heard in person that made my heart quake this year. The post A Year in Reading: Kiese Laymon appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Anne K. Yoder

How does one reconcile the impossibility of making a difference in the world while attempting to live as if you still can? The post A Year in Reading: Anne K. Yoder appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Claire Cameron

These are poems I wish for my younger self to read. The arc, told over four parts -- the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing -- is different to the world I knew, especially the healing part. It is not a story about fitting into someone else’s world, but about how to imagine your own. The post A Year in Reading: Claire Cameron appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Il’ja Rákoš

We read and write for largely the same principal reason the ancients did: because, good Lord, we’re a damn mess. If 2016 hasn’t convinced you, I’m not sure what it will take. The post A Year in Reading: Il’ja Rákoš appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Hannah Gersen

The day after the election, in an attempt to find some equilibrium, I returned to In Search of Lost Time. The scene I read happened to be one in which Baron de Charlus misreads a social situation and as a result, loses the person he loves most dearly. Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Kaulie Lewis

The essays are almost meaty, thick with her usual intelligence and insight, quiet and calm on the surface but deep in both feeling and meaning. I couldn’t walk away from these and come back to find them unchanged. The post A Year in Reading: Kaulie Lewis appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone

Robinson is the type of writer who makes me want to slow down, sit down, and calm down. The post A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Zoë Ruiz

In 2017, I want to read books that help further the idea that both whiteness and white dominance are not inevitable, and I want to read books that help me understand how exactly we got to the place that we are in now. The post A Year in Reading: Zoë Ruiz appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel

The premise is harrowing, the prose is stark and beautiful, the plotting is impeccable, and there's something utterly heartbreaking in El Akkad's subtle rendition of the ways in which war shapes the human soul. The post A Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel appeared first on The Millions.

A Year in Reading: Mauro Javier Cardenas

Porpora demonstrates how easy it is for citizens to shirk responsibility for horrendous acts enacted by their government and asks whether the United States became a party to a genocide-like event in Central America (the answer is yes). The post A Year in Reading: Mauro Javier Cardenas appeared first on The Millions.

On Optimism and Despair

“In your earlier novels you sounded so optimistic, but now your books are tinged with despair. Is this fair to say?” Zadie Smith‘s remarks upon accepting the 2016 Welt Literature Prize on November 10th, and the question of whether “multiculturalism” is a failed experiment. Show More Summary

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