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Fiction’s No Stranger: On Doree Shafrir’s ‘Startup’

Art imitates life in tech, but novels give us one precious advantage over reality: the time to reflect on what we’re consuming. The post Fiction’s No Stranger: On Doree Shafrir’s ‘Startup’ appeared first on The Millions.

Shakespeare: Man, Myth, or Legend?

M.L. Rio, the author of the enthralling debut mystery, If We Were Villains, talks about "Uncle Bill"...

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson will publish a book about sexual harassment

Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host who left the network after allegedly being sexually harassed by its founding CEO, is writing a book about sexual harassment and female empowerment. Carlson’s exit, which included public allegations and a lawsuit, is one of the catalysts that has resulted...

Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Once a decade, Granta publishes a special “Best of Young American Novelists” issue featuring work from American fiction writers under the age of forty. The latest list includes Millions staffer and City on Fire author Garth Risk Hallberg,...Show More Summary

Chicken Lamaze

Lamaze is for Chickens: A Guide to Prepared Childbirth Green & Naab 1985 Submitter: This book was recently weeded from [a] Community Library in [Wisconsin]. Not only is it falling apart and thirty years old, but it is also a childbirth guide featuring cartoon chickens. I mean, come on! Imagine the meetings in which this book […]

That Wasn’t Twain: How a Misquotation Is Born

The amateur researcher behind Quote Investigator has dedicated years to tracing the origins of well-known sayings.

Fire It Up

Michael B. Jordan was tapped to play Montag in HBO’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The project, which will also star Michael Shannon as Beatty, is currently under development. (Bonus: Tanjil Rashid on “Bradbury’s Middle East Connection“) The post Fire It Up appeared first on The Millions.

"The Devil Was Standing Right There": The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Author of David Grann stopped by our offices to discuss Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z - now an acclaimed motion picture from Amazon Studios.

That Glorious Syllable: On ‘On’

A preposition wrapped in an adverb wrapped in an enigma, on is a tiny word, yet it contains multitudes. The post That Glorious Syllable: On ‘On’ appeared first on The Millions.

The Long View: The Man to Blame for Our Culture of Fame

His name was Walter Winchell, and he presided over Table 50 of the Stork Club, temple of a new cult of celebrity, in mid-20th-century Manhattan.

Critic’s Take: Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer” explains how creative writing seminars can work against people who don’t come from the mainstream.

Movie Review: Your Name

Your Name is an anime film that has been a huge hit in Japan, China, and South Korea. You could watch it with a keen understanding of Japanese culture and Shintoism, both of which I lack. Or, you could watch it with two middle-school girls at the end of a very long day, with a solid case of PMS. Show More Summary

Benjamin R. Barber, Author of ‘Jihad vs. McWorld,’ Dies at 77

Mr. Barber’s 1995 book presciently analyzed the forces leading to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the rise in tribalism around the world.

The Maclean’s Bestsellers list: Week of April 25

From Neil Gaiman to Terry O'Reilly, these are the hottest fiction and non-fiction titles of the week The post The Maclean’s Bestsellers list: Week of April 25 appeared first on

Recipe Road Test: Instant Pot® Risotto with Bacon and Peas

My favorite new kitchen machine and the companion cookbook. My weeknights just got easier...

Pansies by Alexis Hall

There are so many things right about Pansies, and I loved the author’s For Real  so much, that it feels like a betrayal that I did not love Pansies with the same deep and abiding love that I felt for For Real. Although I loved the writing, as I wrote this review I kept seeing more problems with the story and the grade plummeted as a result. Show More Summary

A Life Altered by War and Transmuted Into Fiction

Thirty-five years ago, Salman Rushdie published an essay titled “Imaginary Homelands,” in The London Review of Books. “It may be that when the Indian writer who writes from outside India tries to reflect that world, he is obliged to deal in broken mirrors,” Rushdie wrote. Show More Summary

Tiny Shudders: On Elizabeth Strout’s ‘Anything Is Possible’

Strout’s genius is her ability to wring deeply moving stories from ungenerous sources; to reveal, through hurried gestures and single syllables, the welter of feeling the Lydias and Olives of the world are trying to conceal. The post Tiny Shudders: On Elizabeth Strout’s ‘Anything Is Possible’ appeared first on The Millions.

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