Blog Profile / The Millions

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Make You Feel

Robert Birnbaum interviews Cynthia Ozick at The Morning News. “Fiction shouldn’t say something, it should make you feel.” If you want to read more from Ozick, check out our interview with her. The post Make You Feel appeared first on The Millions.

The Art of the Eulogy: On ‘Dead People’

You don’t need to read 'Dead People' front to back; its value lies within its stylish and substantive reconsideration of an ancient form. The post The Art of the Eulogy: On ‘Dead People’ appeared first on The Millions.

Little Big League

What does the Man Booker prize mean for independent presses? On Salt, Saraband, and Oneworld, the three indie publishers with books on the Man Booker longlist this year. The post Little Big League appeared first on The Millions.

Required Reading

What are college freshman reading? NPR shares a few selections from around the country. A recent study found that “The list of readings continues to be dominated by recent, trendy, and intellectually unchallenging books.” Our own Nick...Show More Summary

Kraus on Amazon

Exciting news: Jill Soloway (Transparent) is adapting Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick for Amazon. You could also check out Kraus’s Year in Reading. The post Kraus on Amazon appeared first on The Millions.

Heaney’s Aeneid: Book VI

In our post-colonial age we cannot help but see a more complicated story, find a different reading experience in these lines than did the generations of Victorian school boys who were raised on visions of a civilizing empire. The post Heaney’s Aeneid: Book VI appeared first on The Millions.

Writing-Dude-in-Nature Territory

“In Pond, Claire-Louise Bennett stomps all over writing-dude-in-nature territory with her poetic unraveling of Thoreau’s wilderness jaunt.” A. N. Devers on Bennett’s celebrated new collection. The post Writing-Dude-in-Nature Territory appeared first on The Millions.

Happy Birthday, Baldwin

Yesterday was James Baldwin’s birthday. Revisit “Stranger in the Village” or Justin Campbell’s essay on fatherhood and Baldwin in celebration of his life. The post Happy Birthday, Baldwin appeared first on The Millions.

Aeneas, My Grandfather, and the Memory of War

What Aeneas holds out to his men and to himself is the possibility that just maybe they will have a life like my grandfather’s -- the one thing that could make such suffering bearable. A life filled with family that grows across generations,...Show More Summary


“When you want to read a long book, for reasons of weight a paperback must do, and you’ll just have to suck it up re: its inevitably smaller print and wind-catchingly thinner pages.” Here’s a handy guide to reading while you walk from the good people over at The Awl. The post Multi-Tasking appeared first on The Millions.

Lost and Found and Lost

Recommended Reading: On translation and Máirtín Ó Cadhain, author of Cré na Cille, which is widely believed to be the greatest Irish-language novel of the twentieth century. The post Lost and Found and Lost appeared first on The Millions.

A Short Endorsement of Anton Chekhov for Your Next Beach Read

It is 1899. Summer is in full swing in Yalta. The post A Short Endorsement of Anton Chekhov for Your Next Beach Read appeared first on The Millions.

Au Revoir, Harry

While we’re on the subject of Harry Potter, I have some bad news. According to J.K. Rowling herself, Cursed Child is likely the last we’ll ever see of the boy (now middle-aged) wizard: “He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, […] The post Au Revoir, Harry appeared first on The Millions.

Anxiety of Influence

“Cursed Child … is an act of overreach that feels mandated not by [J.K.] Rowling’s desire to fill out details but by an entertainment industry intent on reviving and rebooting anything that’s ever made money.” Sophie Gilbert reviews Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for The Atlantic. The post Anxiety of Influence appeared first on The Millions.

Tuesday New Release Day: McInerney; McGinniss, Jr.; Lee; Sjón; Vapnyar

New this week: Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney; Carousel Court by Joe McGinniss, Jr.; How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee; Moonstone by Sjón; and Still Here by Lara Vapnyar. For more on these and other new titles, go readShow More Summary

Rich People Problems: On Jay McInerney’s ‘Bright, Precious Days’

That sound you hear in the background is the world’s smallest violin playing “New York, New York.” The post Rich People Problems: On Jay McInerney’s ‘Bright, Precious Days’ appeared first on The Millions.

A Complete Reading

Recommended Reading: From The New Yorker, it’s Tessa Hadley on fiction as anthropology: “When I’m writing a story, its world is thin, unsatisfactory, untrue, until I start to find my way to those details, those ‘small cultural signifiers.’...Show More Summary

Unevenness As Virtue

“The concept that being American means, by definition, having an ideal that you’ve failed to live up to—that’s another crucial thing I learned from [James Alan] McPherson. It is not a rejection of America for Michelle Obama to note that her daughters are growing up in a house built by slaves. Or a rejection of […] The post Unevenness As Virtue appeared first on The Millions.

One Monster Replaces Another: On John Domini’s ‘Movieola!’

Today, they say, we’re in a golden age of television, the vast free market of cable opening up new avenues for how moving picture stories come to be…Part of the thrust of Domini’s argument is that big screen filmmaking now finds itself...Show More Summary

My Shoes Remain On

“The Terminal C Baja Fresh sign gleams like living flame. I feast. The salsa bar is limitless. The refills overflow. I browse John Grisham courthouse thrillers within Hudson Booksellers for 15 minutes… or was it a millennia? Time isShow More Summary

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