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Bookends: Is It Still Possible to Be a Public Intellectual?

Pankaj Mishra and Alice Gregory discuss the fate of the public intellectual in an age of specialization.

Tuesday New Release Day: Sacks; Hitchens; Li; Whitman

Out this week: Gratitude by Oliver Sacks; And Yet by Christopher Hitchens; The Lost Garden by Ang Li; and a new edition of Drum Taps: The Complete Civil War Poems by Walt Whitman. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great Second-Half 2015 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.

Superheroine Princesses Protecting the People and the Planet

Fashion designer and feminist, Coco Chanel, said, "A girl should be two things. Who and what she wants." I don't believe that all princesses have to wear glittery pink dresses and dazzling tiaras. And I definitely don't think that every fairy tale needs a prince. This is why I was thrilled to discover The Guardian Princess Alliance. Show More Summary

Mind Your Manners

Manners To Grow On Lee 1955 Submitter: I found this while working on a long-overdue weeding project in our J section.  We all know manners are lacking in society today, but this book is NOT helping! If anyone doubts that this needed to be weeded, just look at p. 9, the section called “The Curtsy.”  The author […]

The Return Of Adele

Adele makes her triumphant return to music with her third album 25. It’s been four years since her record-breaking, chart-topping, award-winning, critically acclaimed sophomore album, 21 was released. A few things have changed for her since then. She’s won an … Continue reading ?

Penny Dreadful: Writing on a Budget

When it came time to begin work on a new novel, I headed for a retailer that could help me break into the NYT bestseller list without breaking the bank.

Maxwell Anderson Named Executive Director of New Cities Foundation

Mr. Anderson, who joined the foundation in September as director of grant programs, succeeds Mathieu Lefevre.

Chimera by Mira Grant

Chimera is the final book in the Parasitology Trilogy by Mira Grant. Having reviewed the first two books, Parasite and Symbiont, I felt obligated to read and review the conclusion. Technically, this review is a DNF because I read the first 70 pages, threw a fit, and then skipped around to get the feel of the rest of the book. Show More Summary

After terror attacks, sales of Hemingway's Paris memoir soar

Hemingway’s book has apparently become a source of comfort for French readers as they grapple with Nov. 13’s horrific terrorist attacks.

‘Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World,’ by Tim Whitmarsh

Whitmarsh argues that atheism isn’t a product of the modern age but reaches back to early Western intellectual tradition in the ancient Greek world.

Over the River With Two Dads: An Interview With Author Linda Ashman

Our daughter received her annual birthday greeting and gift of $10 from the Toy House here in Jackson, MI. It's one of our favorite places to shop as it's a local, family-owned business plus they have really cool stuff for both kids and adults alike. Show More Summary

Best Children's Books of 2015

Looking back on the year, there are books that immediately come to mind as the best of what came out in 2015. In the case of children's books, that covers a lot of ground (as it should) so we chose our favorite books for babies and toddlers, picture books, chapter books, exciting nonfiction, and of course the novels...

The Day I Stopped Reading Reviews

One morning a year ago I received a Google alert that someone had written a blog about a book I'd recently published. Because I'd gotten the alert just as I was sitting down to work, I decided not to read it until I was done writing....Show More Summary

The Rise of the Insta-Poet

How do I love thee? Let me turn the contrast down and put a Valencia filter on it. Instagram poets like Lang Leav and Tyler Knott Gregson may be the future of poetry–but is their work deserving of their massive followings?

Great Job, Internet!: Read This: A lawyer’s painless explanation of intellectual property

“Intellectual property” is a term that comes up often in online discussions of popular culture, even though hardly anyone who uses it seems to know what it actually means. One person who does know what it means is self-described “geek at law” Will Frank, an honest-to-goodness New York lawyer who specializes in intellectual property (IP) cases. Show More Summary

‘Dark Knight III: The Master Race’ #1: comic review

A legendary team has brought their unique mix of brutal action and social commentary back to an aged Batman in a long-awaited threequel.

A Novel with No Easy Answers Probes Complex, Emotional Questions

By Meredith Vilarello | Off the Shelf I was so struck when I heard about Ahmed Mohamed, the fourteen-year-old boy in Texas who made headlines when his teacher mistook the clock he built for a bomb. I cheered as #istandwithahmed trended on Twitter and Ahmed visited the White House to show off his creation. Show More Summary

James Dashner: A Brilliant Mind

It is no secret that authors create worlds for readers. They shape new worlds, new words and new characters that eventually become our best friends. James Dashner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner series, is one of these brilliant minds. Show More Summary

5 Hot Books: Paris's Best Street, How to Beat Cancer, and a Transgender Novel

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review Five books that people are talking about this week -- or should be: 1. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff (Penguin Books, reprint edition) Writer/editor Ebershoff's debut...Show More Summary

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