Blog Profile / The Millions


URL :http://www.themillionsblog.com/
Filed Under:Entertainment / Books
Posts on Regator:8546
Posts / Week:26.4
Archived Since:February 11, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Our Basest Instincts: On Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’

If 21st-century technology has made public shaming easier, faster, and more random, it’s also made us all targets. This book makes it clear than anything you say or do can be held against you in a court of opinion, by people who don’t know anything about you, in perpetuity.

The Austen Effect

Jane Austen is a rare figure. Acclaimed as one of the most brilliant authors in modern history, she has a popularity that few of her peers can match, as evidenced by her posthumous sales and huge numbers of dedicated fans. How did her work hit the sweet spot of broad appeal and scholarly fame? In […]

Finding Your Story

“Memoirism is perfect if you’re new to autobiographical writing and want an easy and enjoyable way to tell your story without necessarily having to live it. The software allows you to create memories that appear up to 99% accurate, so you can focus on your home, school, or work.” On a revolutionary new writing tool.

Getting Meta about Mules: Faulkner and the Fine Art of Slowing Down

The Reivers is a thematic wolf in sheep’s clothing, and remains one of the weightiest road-trip novels ever written.

No More McNuggets

Back in 2011, our founder C. Max Magee pointed to the fan art of Chris Ayers, who was inspired by DFW’s Infinite Jest. Now, Ayers has a new series, drawn from Margaret Atwood’s MaddAdam trilogy, that illustrates the corporate horrors of the trilogy’s fictional dystopia. Pair with Vanessa Blakeslee on Atwood’s In Other Worlds.

After the Dawn

In 1958, the Indian writer Yashpal published the first installment of This Is Not that Dawn, an eleven-hundred-page novel and feminist epic written in Hindi. The book presages many of the biggest controversies affecting India today. At Page-Turner, Karan Mahajan reads the novel, explaining why she believes it to be “the greatest long novel about […]

2015 Tournament of Books Winner Announced

After five rounds, sixteen books and more hard choices than we can count, The Morning News has chosen this year’s champion of the Tournament of Books. Who won, you ask? (Here’s a hint: we’re pretty happy about it.)

Beyond Binaries: On ‘Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids’

I never placed before myself an either/or choice: writing or parenthood. I do think it's possible to love your child unconditionally, and to also care deeply about one's artistic pursuits. They aren't mutually exclusive.

Tuesday New Release Day: Ronson; Hunter; Daum; Gruen; Shafak; Boyle

Out this week: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson; The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter; Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, edited by Meghan Daum; At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen; The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak; and The Harder They Come by T.C. […]

Je Ne Sais Quoi

In her controversial book The Fall of Language in the Age of English, Minae Minimazura argues that English, thanks largely to its global predominance, threatens to lessen the diversity of expression in the world. At Bookslut, she tells interviewer Corinna Pichl about her book, her issues with lingua francas and things you can say in Japanese […]

The One I Love

Recommended Reading: Sarah Sansolo on her childhood obsession with Britney Spears.

Dear World

Heidi Julavits credits her habit of keeping a diary with convincing her that writing might be a viable career path. In her new book, The Folded Clock, she returns to the format of her childhood, crafting a lengthy diary meant to stand on its own as a narrative. In the Times, Eula Biss reads the […]

Start Again

Lucky Alan, which came out in February, is Jonathan Lethem’s first new story collection in more than ten years. He talked with Matt Bell about it in an interview at Salon. “What’s great about short stories is the opportunity to play at reinvention; all those new departures, all those new landings to try to stick,” […]

Eight for Eight: A Literary Reader for Passover

What follows is a literary sampling inspired by Pesach: eight books for the eight nights of the holiday.

Waywords and Meansigns

Recommended listening: Waywords and Meansigns, a new project that’s set out to record Finnegans Wake in its entirety and set it to music. The complete work will be released on May 4th, but there are already a few samples available online.

A Cartoon Quixote

Well, Cervantes‘s body was just found, and there are some varying opinions about whether or not that’s a great thing for Spain and Spanish literature. What is almost definitely not a great thing for either: the pornographic Spanish Don Quixote cartoon from the seventies.

Postcards You Wish You Could Send

This week in book-inspired graphics, of the beautiful-but-not-necessarily-informational type: A series of postcards from fictional places.

Not Evil

Recommended reading: Sara Polsky writes for the New Yorker about “The Detective Novel That Convinced a Generation Richard III Wasn’t Evil.”

The Great Delay

From Slate comes an answer to the question: “Why did it take so long for The Great Gatsby to be recognized as a masterpiece?” Pair with our own Sonya Chung‘s review of the novel.

Ishiguro Interviewed

“Maybe in the future I’ll feel compelled to write that kind of specific and current book, but right now I feel that my strength as a fiction writer is my ability to take a step back. I prefer to create a more metaphorical story that people can apply to a variety of situations, personal and […]

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC