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Another Person’s Words: Poetry Is Always the Speaker
More than rhyme and meter, or any other formal aspect, what defines poetry is its self-awareness. Poetry is the language which knows that it’s language. The post Another Person’s Words: Poetry Is Always the Speaker appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Whitehead, Marais, Szalay, Klosterman, and More
Colson Whitehead's latest, tales of minimum wage working hell, and new Chuck Klosterman headline the week's new releases. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Whitehead, Marais, Szalay, Klosterman, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2019 Book Preview
More than 100 books. New novels from Margaret Atwood, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Colson Whitehead. Zadie Smith short stories. What more could you want? (Except to have them all RIGHT NOW.) The post Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2019 Book Preview
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Edwidge Danticat Depicts a New Haiti
Some of the characters have never experienced the horrors that the author’s earlier characters fled; many live in America. The post Edwidge Danticat Depicts a New Haiti appeared first on The Millions.
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I Am Loudermilk: The Millions Interviews Lucy Ives
When I write fiction I often discover I know a great deal more about the fictional world (and the fictional people in it) than I know about the real world. The post I Am Loudermilk: The Millions Interviews Lucy Ives appeared first on The Millions.
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Thirteen Songs That Prove Lou Reed Was a Literary Master
Reed brought an informed, sophisticated writer’s eye to the kinds of underworlds he observed, and his sense of language was as keen as a journalist’s. The post Thirteen Songs That Prove Lou Reed Was a Literary Master appeared first on The Millions.
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Mitchell Zuckoff on Writing His 9/11 Magnum Opus
It was the deepest dive I have ever taken. As much as I care about all of the work I’ve done, I knew I would never tell a more important story than this. The post Mitchell Zuckoff on Writing His 9/11 Magnum Opus appeared first on The Millions.
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Ibram X. Kendi Has a Blueprint for How to Be Antiracist
There have been millions of pages written about what racism is and who is a racist, but there have been fewer pages devoted to the concept of organizing around antiracism. Now Ibram X. Kendi, a historian at American University, has produced a major w
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‘Let’s Hope for the Best’: Featured Fiction from Carolina Setterwall
I take out my phone and snap a picture. You are two brothers and a father who will never again meet in this life, but nobody knows that yet. The post ‘Let’s Hope for the Best’: Featured Fiction from Carolina Setterwall appeared first on The Millions.
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If You Haven’t Seen ‘Billions’ Yet, You Should
There’s more to it than the least common denominators of the prestige drama: it's demonstrated the adaptability of a live organism evolving with our times. The post If You Haven’t Seen ‘Billions’ Yet, You Should appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Ulitskaya, Phillips, Zentner, Savage, and More
Out this week: the journeys of a makeshift family in contemporary Appalachian Ohio, a new Russian epic, and the faux memoirs of a Bieber-ish pop star. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Ulitskaya, Phillips, Zentner, Savage, and More appeared
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I Have Never Felt That I Have Roots: The Millions Interviews Isabel Allende
I didn’t plan to write about refugees, but the conversations are all around us, and it just seeps into my books. In this one, it is the central theme. The post I Have Never Felt That I Have Roots: The Millions Interviews Isabel Allende appeared first
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The Millions Top Ten: June 2019
Sally Rooney skyrockets, Lydia Kiesling returns, Patrick Chamoiseau arrives, and Dreyer continues his reign. The post The Millions Top Ten: June 2019 appeared first on The Millions.
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Ten Books Every Creative Person Should Read
Keep them on your desk for those times you need to be reminded that though the creative life might be lonely, you are not alone. The post Ten Books Every Creative Person Should Read appeared first on The Millions.
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Must-Read Poetry: July 2019
“I was born—don’t know the hour— / Slapped on the ass / And handed over crying / To someone many years dead / In a country no longer on a map.” The post Must-Read Poetry: July 2019 appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Orner, Dermansky, Simic, Tate, and More
Sexy satire, a biography of the semicolon, and the latest collection from a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet are just a few of the new reads out this week. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Orner, Dermansky, Simic, Tate, and More appeared first o
The Millions4 min readPsychology
Why We Need Memoirs
They remind us that we are all flawed and complicated, all doing the best we can, none of us free from suffering. The post Why We Need Memoirs appeared first on The Millions.
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Ten Ways to Change Your God
Conversion narratives are the most human of tales, for the drama of redemption is an internal one, played out between the protagonist and his demons. The post Ten Ways to Change Your God appeared first on The Millions.
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The 11 Best Elizabeth Bishop Poems
She published only 100 poems in her lifetime and yet is still considered one of the most important and distinguished American poets of the 20th century. The post The 11 Best Elizabeth Bishop Poems appeared first on The Millions.
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A Meditation on Exclamation Marks in Contemporary Poetry (!)
For all their ubiquity in texts and emails, exclamation marks call attention toward themselves in poems: they stand straight up. The post A Meditation on Exclamation Marks in Contemporary Poetry (!) appeared first on The Millions.
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The Ascent of the Sick-Girl Narrative
Why have literary memoirs of illness written by women become so popular over the last few years? And what does their success say about our society? The post The Ascent of the Sick-Girl Narrative appeared first on The Millions.
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Telling Toni Morrison’s Story: The Millions Interviews Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
‘The Pieces I Am’ presents Toni as the person that I know. Audiences will see her as the brilliant, strong woman she is. They will love her more than ever. The post Telling Toni Morrison’s Story: The Millions Interviews Timothy Greenfield-Sanders app
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Against the Odds: Publishing My #MeToo Story
I was urged to wipe my book clean of what one famous author deemed “the ick” factor, which I was told would be a major roadblock to finding an agent. The post Against the Odds: Publishing My #MeToo Story appeared first on The Millions.
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The Sex Worker Next Door
A writer learns of her grandmother's secret past, inspiring a novel's worth of research about the working women of contemporary China. The post The Sex Worker Next Door appeared first on The Millions.
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‘Cygnet’: Featured Fiction from Season Butler
A excerpt from Butler's debut coming-of-age novel, set in an appealingly rich world with quirky, flawed characters and a dramatic oceanfront landscape. The post ‘Cygnet’: Featured Fiction from Season Butler appeared first on The Millions.
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Tuesday New Release Day: Bhattacharya, Mechling, Rilke, Ginzburg, and More
This week's fresh reads include stories of adult friendship, ”new“ Rilke, and a secret history of Charles Manson and the CIA. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Bhattacharya, Mechling, Rilke, Ginzburg, and More appeared first on The Millions.
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When We Were Young: Christine Sneed in Conversation with Anthony Varallo
I don’t know why I have to keep learning the same lesson again, but here’s one I can't seem to remember: Your writing doesn’t care about your plans for it. The post When We Were Young: Christine Sneed in Conversation with Anthony Varallo appeared fir
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We Can Be Anyone: A Pride Month Conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn
I think of that little girl in me, that 17-year-old, 14-year-old, who wanted to see books like mine. I wanted to see love between two women on the page. The post We Can Be Anyone: A Pride Month Conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn appeared first on T
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