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Ward Farnsworth Doesn’t Fuck Around: On ‘Classical English Metaphor’

For those who venture into Farnsworth’s level-headed take on murky abstractions, the benefits will be less far-reaching, less comprehensively employable, but they will also be richer, longer-lasting, and as demystifying and powerful as the strongest metaphors. The post Ward Farnsworth Doesn’t Fuck Around: On ‘Classical English Metaphor’ appeared first on The Millions.

I Absolutely Didn’t Hate The Haters

After my soapbox-declaring love for Jesse Andrews’ debut novel Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, let’s just say I was eagerly awaiting his followup, The Haters. Best friends Wes and Corey love hating on everything, even the stuff they love. … Continue reading ?

Stuff You Should Be Watching: Grace and Frankie

One of the great things that has happened as a result of the Netflix Revolution in Original programming is that shows that would never have made it past the “So I have an idea…” stage in a network (broadcast or cable) gets a home. This is totally one of those shows. Show More Summary

The DNFs of Armchair Audies 2016

While I enjoyed the audiobooks I listened to for the 2016 Armchair Audies as a whole much better this year than any other year in the history of this challenge, there were two audiobooks that I just couldn’t finish. There was also one I wished I had DNFd but didn’t. Giving myself the “permission” to […]

192. Alpha Heroines and Alpha Heroes: Kati D Interviews Lauren Dane

Kati D has been eager to interview Lauren Dane for the podcast for a long, long time, and finally we found a time for everyone to connect. Yay! We discuss how Lauren got her start as an author, books that address frightening situations...Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview With Brenda Miller

Author Brenda Miller discusses the lyric essay, her "poet self" who always bleeds through, and what she's writing about next.

Movie Review: Mother’s Day

True story: as I was on my way to the theater, my mom called to say that she had mailed a box that includes a bag of mine she got repaired, a book of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s letters that she picked up, my old Kindle that my dad doesn’t...Show More Summary

Popaganda Episode: Bathroom Panic

Sarah Mirk From Wisconsin to Washington to Wyoming, this spring Republican legislators have pushed for 50 new laws that would specifically ban transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Why is there...Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: Paul McCartney’s Yesterdays. All of Them.

In the biography “Paul McCartney: The Life,” Philip Norman promises to give the fullest account to date of that musician’s post-Beatles years.

Meryl Streep in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’: An Early (and Defiant) Role

The IFC Center will screen the film as the last in a Streep series; it includes a talk with the director Robert Benton and the author Michael Schulman.

Where Is the Voice Coming From?

Anna, the narrator of Lydia Millet’s new novel, Sweet Lamb of Heaven, goes on the run from her husband, an Alaskan businessman named Ned. With her 6-year-old daughter, Lena, in tow, Anna stays out of the system, albeit not entirely off the grid, moving around a lot, laying low, and carefully tapping a modest family inheritance. Show More Summary

Writing Heartbreak

Learn more about Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Cao Wenxuan. “China has given us so many heartbreaking stories. How can you avoid writing about them? I can’t sacrifice my life experience in order to make children happy.” Pair with Edan Lepucki’s piece on the grown-up counterparts to children’s stories. The post Writing Heartbreak appeared first on The Millions.

Reclaiming the Allegory

Recommended Reading: On the literary tradition of the allegory and what it means for modern storytelling. Staff writer emeritus Emily Colette Wilkinson writes on The Dark Knight as political allegory. The post Reclaiming the Allegory appeared first on The Millions.

Disconnection: A Father, a Son, and the Church of Scientology

Ron Miscavige, a former member of the Church of Scientology and the father of its leader, tells a tale of denial and alienation in the frank and shocking Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.

A Relief Only a Mother Can Provide

Jessica Knoll recently returned from a book tour promoting the paperback release of her best-selling thriller, Luckiest Girl Alive. Before this excursion, no one knew just how much she has in common with the protagonist of this harrowing tale...

Karen Robards and Laura Griffin on the Writing Life

Romantic suspense superstars Karen Robards and Laura Griffin talk to each other about how they got started, plotting novels, and the joys of the writing life.

Jennifer Haigh on Writing "Heat and Light"

In her latest book, Heat and Light, Haigh travels back to Bakerton - the Pennsylvania town brought to life in some of her past novels - to bring us a story of a community both blessed and cursed by its natural resources. We asked her if she would share with us why she decided to revisit this setting and tell this particular story.

The Peter Arno Cartoons That Helped Rescue The New Yorker

In the spring of 1925, the young cartoonist Peter Arno gathered together some of his drawings, stuffed them into a folder, and travelled uptown to drop them off at the offices of a new weekly magazine headquartered on West Forty-fifth Street. Show More Summary

Better Than a ‘Hamilton’ Shout-Out? John Jay Manuscript Surfaces

The long-missing manuscript of a Federalist Paper written by John Jay has been found at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

douchebag decree: book clubs for manly men

Robyn Pennacchia We’re reviving our  Douchebag Decree column, which takes one douchey person or thing to task each week. Read more Douchebag Decrees right here. This week’s douchebag: Book Clubs for Manly Men. Are you a man? Do you like...Show More Summary

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