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They Are Not Calling to You: Featured Poetry by Paige Ackerson-Kiely
A great second-person poem is narrated both toward us and past us, its words skimming off our shoulders but leaving marks. The post They Are Not Calling to You: Featured Poetry by Paige Ackerson-Kiely appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions5 min. leídos
Aspen Words Literary Prize Reveals 2019 Shortlist
The Aspen Words Literary Prize announced its 5-title shortlist, whittled down from the 16-title longlist from late last year. In its second year, the prize aims to award $35,000 to a single work of fiction “that illuminates a vital contemporary issue
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Does Size Matter? A Conversation with Three Filmmakers
I am first and foremost a storyteller. Short films or feature-length films are just various sizes of a blank canvas. The post Does Size Matter? A Conversation with Three Filmmakers appeared first on The Millions.
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Taking the Time: Christine Sneed in Conversation with Mandeliene Smith
I’m not a fast writer; I tend to let my stories marinate for a while. Sometimes I even put them away for a year or so, if I can’t see my way forward. The post Taking the Time: Christine Sneed in Conversation with Mandeliene Smith appeared first on Th
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Malcolm, Sudbanthad, Stern, Doten, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Janet Malcolm, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, Lindsay Stern, Mark Doten and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book p
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In Praise of Urinal Lit
To write words on a bathroom wall and feel the relief of urination and proclamation at the same time—that is to really live. The post In Praise of Urinal Lit appeared first on The Millions.
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The Extraordinary Enigmatic: Kathryn Davis’s ‘The Silk Road’
Complaining about indeterminacy in a Kathryn Davis novel is like complaining about William Gass’s love of alliteration or Bob Dylan’s singing voice. The post The Extraordinary Enigmatic: Kathryn Davis’s ‘The Silk Road’ appeared first on The Millions.
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Cry Out with a Woman’s Voice: Love, Resistance, and the Erotic Verse of Syria’s National Poet
It’s impossible to separate the personal from the political in Qabbani’s works. The post Cry Out with a Woman’s Voice: Love, Resistance, and the Erotic Verse of Syria’s National Poet appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions6 min. leídos
Stranger in a Strange Land: Dave Eggers’s ‘The Parade’
Eggers is a master of point of view; you adhere to his protagonist, even if you have little or nothing in common with him, and even when you’re not entirely on his side. The post Stranger in a Strange Land: Dave Eggers’s ‘The Parade’ appeared first o
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The Power of Myth: Marlon James Wants to Take You on an Epic Journey
I didn't want to write a fantasy novel starring nobles and kings, although they all end up in it. No, I wanted it to start in the street. The post The Power of Myth: Marlon James Wants to Take You on an Epic Journey appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions5 min. leídos
Parallel Lives Lost: K Chess’s ‘Famous Men Who Never Lived’
Famous Men isn’t quite a sci-fi novel, but something more like its inverse—a book less concerned with alternate universes than their absence. The post Parallel Lives Lost: K Chess’s ‘Famous Men Who Never Lived’ appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Luiselli, Morrison, Williams, Newman, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Valeria Luiselli, Toni Morrison, John Williams, Sandra Newman and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book p
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‘Leading Men’: Featured Fiction by Christopher Castellani
Frank should have told him then and there that he loved him and would never leave him. Not how much he loved him, which was very much, but that he loved him at all. The post ‘Leading Men’: Featured Fiction by Christopher Castellani appeared first on
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The Millions Top Ten: January 2019
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buyi
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A Voice of Our Own: Debra Jo Immergut in Conversation with Lisa Gornick
There is no correct way to be a writer: We each have to find our own way that works for our personality and within our circumstances. The post A Voice of Our Own: Debra Jo Immergut in Conversation with Lisa Gornick appeared first on The Millions.
The Millions11 min. leídosScience
Post-Apocalypse Now: The Hard Work of Cli-Fi
What will our future look like? How fast and for how long will things change? Are we mentally and physically prepared to deal with the impacts of these changes on our communities and socioeconomic structures? The post Post-Apocalypse Now: The Hard Wo
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Must-Read Poetry: February 2019
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing in February. The post Must-Read Poetry: February 2019 appeared first on The Millions.
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Dear John: Benedict Wells in Conversation with John Irving
Fear can paralyze me, but it also fires up my imagination, opens doors, and creates images I have at my disposal when I tell stories. The post Dear John: Benedict Wells in Conversation with John Irving appeared first on The Millions.
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He Is All of Us: The Millions Interviews David Bowles
Hopefully, as the new year begins, we can also hear poetry in the ebb and flow of the world around us, just like Güero learns to do. The post He Is All of Us: The Millions Interviews David Bowles appeared first on The Millions.
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Family Stories and Folktales: Sarah Moss’s Fiction Digs Deep
Humanity as a whole can’t resist telling stories in a sometimes futile, sometimes noble attempt to frame life, to somehow contain it. The post Family Stories and Folktales: Sarah Moss’s Fiction Digs Deep appeared first on The Millions.
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You Can’t Stop Mourning: Featured Poetry by Morgan Parker
Parker's truncated lines often drift into our chests: we’ve been spoken to, and we want to hear more. The post You Can’t Stop Mourning: Featured Poetry by Morgan Parker appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring James, Li, Wang, McCracken, Bolaño, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Marlon James, Yiyun Li, Esmé Weijun Wang, Elizabeth McCracken, Roberto Bolaño, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our m
The Millions7 min. leídos
February Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
We wouldn’t dream of abandoning our vast semi–annual Most Anticipated Book Previews, but we thought a monthly reminder would be helpful (and give us a chance to note titles we missed the first time around).  Here’s what we’re looking out for this mon
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‘Bowlaway’: Featured Fiction from Elizabeth McCracken
What she wanted was a kind of greatness that women were not allowed. The post ‘Bowlaway’: Featured Fiction from Elizabeth McCracken appeared first on The Millions.
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Biography of a Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel
Shields has composed a portrait of the complicated author and the darknesses that drove Williams to write, to overcompensate, to philander, to mansplain. The post Biography of a Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel appeared first on The Millions.
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A Glimpse into a Different World: The Millions Interviews Bruce Humes
By making the reader commit these phrases to memory—the terms were generally defined only upon first mention—it subtly engaged the reader in the story. The post A Glimpse into a Different World: The Millions Interviews Bruce Humes appeared first on T
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Southern Discomfort: The Millions Interviews Snowden Wright
Southern stories require at least one dog, but it does not have to have four legs. Southern stories know how to whistle but not necessarily "Dixie." The post Southern Discomfort: The Millions Interviews Snowden Wright appeared first on The Millions.
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Alliteration’s Apt and Artful Aim
Every language has a certain aural spirit to it, an auditory fingerprint related to those sounds which constitute the melody and rhythm of any tongue. The post Alliteration’s Apt and Artful Aim appeared first on The Millions.
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Juggling with Virgil
I don’t look at my hands because I don’t have to. The eye sees the arc, and the brain signals the hand, so it knows where to be when the object comes down. The post Juggling with Virgil appeared first on The Millions.
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Hard to Get: Books That Resist You
1. Recently, for the fourth or fifth time in my life, I started trying to read James Salter‘s A Sport and a Pastime. I bought my copy many years ago, after falling in love with his story collections and enjoying Light Years, probably his best-known n
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