Blog Profile / The Millions


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Archived Since:February 11, 2009

Blog Post Archive

In the Dark (of Space)

Originally, the film 2001: A Space Odyssey included more narration by co-writer Arthur C. Clarke, whose short story “The Sentinel” was the basis for Stanley Kubrick’s script. At the last minute, Kubrick decided to cut them out, which led to Clarke leaving the US premiere halfway through. Show More Summary

Das Bus

Recommended Reading: David Sims on Paterson, Jim Jarmusch’s new film that stars Adam Driver as a poet. The post Das Bus appeared first on The Millions.

Writing Writing

When you want to distinguish fiction and poetry writing from academic work or journalism, you use a straightforward term: creative writing. But what if that term is not the one you should use? At Slate, an article on the subject by Cydney Alexis, originally published by Inside Higher Ed. The post Writing Writing appeared first on The Millions.

The Millions Top Ten: December 2016

"If you like those other Scandihoovian thriller writers," Russo wrote, "this is your book." The post The Millions Top Ten: December 2016 appeared first on The Millions.

“Young at Heart”

A new YA series spun off from The X-Files explores Fox Mulder’s teen years, and you can read the first chapter here. You may also be forgiven for feeling like the entire premise is a bit fraught. Not only is the mental image of Spooky Mulder with acne a tad jarring, but on a more existential level, as Zan […] The post “Young at Heart” appeared first on The Millions.

Whither the Bookshops?

The 1.5 million people who live in the Bronx lack a general interest bookstore, classifying their borough as one of a growing number of “book deserts” across the country. To combat this trend, the National Book Foundation just launched...Show More Summary

James Joyce and the Yuletide Epiphany

What Joyce presents us with in "The Dead" is a true, unidealized epiphany. In the real world epiphanies are hard -- we do not have literal ghosts and angels to gently guide us towards them. And that is why Joyce’s story is the perfect coda for the holiday season. The post James Joyce and the Yuletide Epiphany appeared first on The Millions.

Now I know my þ, ?, œs

There used to be 32 letters in the English alphabet, but that seems quaint when you consider the fact that iPhone users have access to 1,767 unique emoji. Then again, as Gretchen McCulloch explains, emoji aren’t exactly a dire threat to the written word. The post Now I know my þ, ?, œs appeared first on The Millions.

Ghosts in the Stacks

A voracious reader named “Chuck Finley” was such a prolific library patron that he singlehandedly increased a Florida branch’s circulation by 3.9%. But there’s a problem: he’s not real. (h/t Kirstin Butler.) The post Ghosts in the Stacks appeared first on The Millions.

Staring into the Soundless Dark: On the Trouble Lurking in Poets’ Bedrooms

Vita Sackville-West -- a friend and lover of Virginia Woolf and a poet herself -- combated her insomnia by collecting as many dogs as possible and inviting them into bed with her. The post Staring into the Soundless Dark: On the Trouble Lurking in Poets’ Bedrooms appeared first on The Millions.

Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview

80-something books to pep you up for the (first half of the) new year. The post Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview appeared first on The Millions.

How About Hairballs

“For about 15 years, every time I had a really good dance party that went late, with people lolling around drunk and exhausted, at about 2 a.m., I would hand out paper and ask everyone to draw a vomiting cat.... I ended up with an incredibly thick file of drawings, some by […] The post How About Hairballs appeared first on The Millions.

John Berger, In Memoriam

The British critic, essayist, and novelist John Berger died yesterday at his home in France, reports The New York Times. Probably best known for his book of art-criticism-as-philosophy Ways of Seeing, which was turned into a popularShow More Summary

Tuesday New Release Day: Adiga; Raymond; Ruskovich; Peacock; Williams; Gay

Out this week: Selection Day by Aravind Adiga; Freebird by Jon Raymond; Idaho by Emily Ruskovich; The Analyst by Molly Peacock; Falling Ill by C.K. Williams; and Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Adiga; Raymond; Ruskovich; Peacock; Williams; Gay appeared first on The Millions.

The Right Book at the Right Time

It is not an exaggeration to say that Fred Vincy changed my life. The post The Right Book at the Right Time appeared first on The Millions.

Trololololol

“They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened.” Talking Points Memo reports that Simon & Schuster is moving forward with plans to publish a book by Breitbart News editor and white...Show More Summary

God Talk

Catholics don’t have Bible camps. At least not the Catholics I knew. The post God Talk appeared first on The Millions.

“What they are, what they should be”

Recommended Reading: Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee on the novel Zama by Antonio di Benedetto. The post “What they are, what they should be” appeared first on The Millions.

More Than Light

“Romance heroines hold jobs. They teach, farm, practice law, work independently as private detectives, or they are involved in the arts, in dance, in theater. They are mothers, ex-wives, Marines. They take up causes and they always want something ‘more’ from their lives—and we aren’t just talking about a partner. Show More Summary

Posthumous Praise

“The female writers whose work has most recently come in for enthusiastic appraisal are by no means a homogeneous group; their influences, preoccupations and style vary wildly.” The Guardian profiles six women authors – Beryl Bainbridge,...Show More Summary

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