Brad Watson’s “Miss Jane” imagines the ways a real woman with a birth defect insisted on her humanity in the old South.
The unhappy protagonist of Jesse Ball’s “How to Set a Fire and Why” joins an “arson club.”
Donald Ray Pollock’s “The Heavenly Table,” a raw, riotous satire set in the rural South of 1917, takes aim at literary snobbery.
The linked vignettes in Claire-Louise Bennett’s “Pond” trace the streaming thoughts of a solitary woman.
For the family in Patricia Engel’s “The Veins of the Ocean,” the past infects the present when a violent act is repeated.
The poet Jana Prikryl’s debut, “The After Party,” elevates the everyday and nods to influences from the past.
In “A Floating Chinaman,” Hua Hsu revisits a Chinese immigrant writer who could not surmount ethnocentrism and racism.
Taras Grescoe’s “Shanghai Grand” is a love song to “the wicked old Paris of the Orient.”
“The Big Book of Science Fiction” is nearly 1,200 pages of stories by the genre’s luminaries and lesser-known authors.
Readers respond to a recent review of Mark Danner’s “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War” and more.
Avigdor Lieberman, an ultranationalist, said that Army Radio should not have aired a show about Mahmoud Darwish, who is considered the Palestinians’ national poet.
HIllary Rodham Clinton, Election 2016 s.e. smith We won’t even be fully recovered from our Trump hangover by the time the DNC rolls out next week. Today, Hillary Clinton is poised to announce her vice-presidential pick. At the top of the list of potential candidates is Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Show More Summary
In this edition of Weekend Reading, witches, fractured families, and gangstas, oh my!
“In re-organizing the priorities of book publishing—by inventing new models rather than trying to repeat past success, by valuing ingenuity over magnitude, by thinking of sales as a way to make great books possible rather than the point—indie...Show More Summary
Recommended Listening: David Naimon interviews Rikki Ducornet about her new novel, Brightfellow. Also check out this Millions review of the book. The post A Novel of Imposture appeared first on The Millions.
“In the morning, before we left, we presented my aunt with a gift from Indonesia, a package of luwak, one of four in Bon’s duffel. Civet coffee? she said, bemused. We were already savoring cups of coffee at her table, brewed in her coffee press from Arabica beans of her own supply.” An excerpt from […] The post Commitments appeared first on The Millions.
This week's mixtape was curated by Jessica Numsuwankijkul, the lead singer of Heliotropes. She writes: "Span time. This playlist contains more than one song from the 12th century + Alice Coltrane singing religious devotionals over a cloud of synths from the future. Show More Summary
Robert Coombes was a monster, as far as the press was concerned, and you can hardly blame it for that conclusion. At the age of 13, the boy was denounced in the newspaper Lloyd’s Weekly as the perpetrator of HORROR ON HORROR’S HEAD THE...Show More Summary
Todd Moss is Chief Operating Officer and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a think tank based in Washington, DC. Ghosts of Havana, your third novel, will be published in September. Would you tell us a little bit about...Show More Summary
The sexy repartee of Darcy delivered straight to my ears? The transatlantic, resounding voice of Sylvia Plath reading her poetry? An entire playlist of Shakespeare’s sonnets is there to delight, along with biographies of classical composers and Anton Chekhov short stories. The post Spotify’s Hidden Literary Gems appeared first on The Millions.