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If You Can Dream

In today’s installment of “The Unpopular Opinion,” Malcolm Jones for The Daily Beast thinks that it’s high time that we let Rudyard Kipling out of the penalty box. Jones argues that, while Kipling may have written a lot of “jingoistic...Show More Summary

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries

I disliked this book. Let me revise that: I liked the heroine but found the hero, the story and the writing objectionable. The story starts with our hero – let’s call him Douche Canoe – cut off from funds by his asshole older brother and about to leave society to become a Bow Street runner. Show More Summary

The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Anne Enright

Anne Enright, author of, most recently, the novel The Green Road, talks with Elizabeth Isadora Gold about motherhood in reality and in fiction, and writing beyond labels and easy definitions.

Human Complications

“Complacencies of the peignoir, and late / Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair, / And the green freedom of a cockatoo / Upon a rug mingle to dissipate / The holy hush of ancient sacrifice. / She dreams a little, and she feels the dark...Show More Summary

The very checkered history of the men’s suit

Christopher Breward grabs a thread from the suit’s seams The post The very checkered history of the men’s suit appeared first on

The ‘indecently curious’ Carol Shields

New reflections from the beloved author on men, women, and why she wrote The post The ‘indecently curious’ Carol Shields appeared first on

Lightning Reviews: A Comic, an Adventure, and Paris

This week’s Lightning Reviews is lighter than normal on romance. Instead, we have a short romance comic with some very sweet art, contemporary fiction with an adventurous and curious old gentleman, and women’s fiction with a woman who runs a postcard shop in Paris!

May’s New Releases

This month, your wallets get a tiny bit of a reprieve, since this list of upcoming releases isn’t as long as previous months. However, a ton of books come out toward the end of May, so budget accordingly! Also, a lot of us are reading backlist titles to whittle down our TBR piles.

O Health Coach! My Health Coach!

“To you, clerk, literary man, sedentary person, man of fortune, idler, the same advice. Up!” Walt Whitman, health nut and paleo dieter–resist carbs, obey red meat! The post O Health Coach! My Health Coach! appeared first on The Millions.

His Lost-and-Found Bride by Scarlet Wilson

(TW: pregnancy loss/premature birth) His Lost-and-Found Bride was my first foray into the world of the Harlequin Romance line. I’m fairly picky about my categories, as I’ve been disappointed in the past by the Presents line. I tend to like Blaze though, so was hoping for the best. Show More Summary

A Less Dangerous Game

“He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided later, lying in his bed, after they had played several rounds of various games, and didn’t hunt one another at all.” You probably encountered Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous...Show More Summary

In Good Standing

This one goes out to all you procrastinators out there. A woman in Auckland, New Zealand has just returned a library book (Myths and Legends of Maoriland) a cool sixty-seven years late–she had “been meaning to return it” for decades. Hopefully she didn’t leave any boogers. The post In Good Standing appeared first on The Millions.

Give Not a Fig

“Maybe Gnossos, had [Richard] Fariña lived long enough for a sequel, would have wound up on a commune in Canada, nibbling feta and blissed out on retsina, exhaling paregoric joints in some lush and fragrant garden … But he died in his twenties, like a lot of energetic young men of his era. It was the kind […] The post Give Not a Fig appeared first on The Millions.

Slanting Light and Seedy Motels

“In noir, the problem is not an individual: the problem is the world.” Over at Electric Literature, Nicholas Seeley advocates for the efficacy of noir as a protest genre. Here’s a piece from The Millions’s Hannah Gersen that argues for Bartleby,...Show More Summary

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

The issue with Sweetest Scoundrel is that while it is well-written and has generally likeable characters who behave honorably, it was colossally boring. Eve Dinwoody is a quiet person with an unattractive face who enjoys being alone....Show More Summary

Outlander 2.03: “Useful Occupations and Deceptions”

Previously: DId you notice how we weren’t in Scotland anymore? Cuz we’re not. Title card over a chessboard and a fallen king. Claire is asleep in the early dawn, and is woken by a horse’s whinny. Out the window, she sees Jamie arriving home after a long night, yelling that he’ll be leaving in a few minutes. Show More Summary

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Jeff Nguyen reviews Ocean Vuong's Night Sky With Exit Wounds today in Rumpus Poetry.

The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Storme Webber

Part of my work in Seattle has always felt like some sort of reconciliation project with my ancestors, because of who they were and what they went through.

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