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[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The reality of corporate life
A simple idea for keeping big business accountable to the American public, not just shareholders

[The Millions] Ottessa Moshfegh’s Bleak Humor Guides a Dizzying NYC Drug Haze in ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’
Like a hummingbird hovering in cold weather during a self-induced torpor, the protagonist of My Year of Rest and Relaxation, a 20-something Ivy League, orphaned cutie, intentionally hibernates for one year in a drug-induced “sleep diet,” hoping her soul wounds heal and trusting that the world

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: No way around it
A deep dive

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Crashing the Party: From the Bernie Sanders Campaign to a Progressive Movement

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Ottessa Moshfegh on her next book; Prashant Rao joins “The Atlantic”
“It’s been really exciting to give myself the time to delve into nonfiction, specifically cultural histories of China and America at the turn of the twentieth century,” Ottessa Moshfegh told the Amazon Book Review about her next project, a novel about a Chinese immigrant coming to the US at

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Outrage in Silicon Valley
Why tech employees are rebelling against their bosses

[The Millions] Sex, Lies, and Strawberries: On Hanan al-Shaykh’s ‘The Occasional Virgin’
Dig deep enough into frivolity, and you just might strike substance. Sound far-fetched? Well, it is. After all, if we’re talking about books, most of the time you’ll come up empty-handed; what appears frivolous at first blush tends to be precisely that upon closer inspection. But with a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Sport in the age of Trump
Take on politics and sports

[The Millions] Bina Shah and Joseph Olshan: An Author/Editor Pair on Inspiration, Switching Genre, and the Edit Process
Bina Shah was introduced to me via Facebook by a mutual friend who is a fine short story writer. She contacted me directly about her first novel, which I published. I don’t believe she wrote her new novel, Before She Sleeps, thinking it would become a dystopian thriller, but it was clear to me

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: For now
Revolutionize the rituals

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Ian McEwan on adapting On Chesil Beach

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists announced; On the set of “My Brilliant Friend”
The New York Times has collected the editorials of the hundreds of newspapers across the country criticizing Trump’s attacks on the press and remind readers of the value of journalism. “Insisting that truths you don’t like are ‘fake news’ is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy,” they

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The dystopian hellhole of Trumpism
Defending Trump at his absolute worst

[The Millions] The Mirror of Erised: On Death, Harry Potter, and Retreating to Childhood Reads
I’d known Monica 20 years when her sister was killed in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. We spent our childhoods in a tiny Bay Area town that I left at 14. I only went back to visit twice. In the years between, Monica and I sent each other videos, talking into our phones’ cameras for the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of American public administration
Administrative rationality review

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: On a collision course
Convergence is worse

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Michele Rigby Assad: "My Secret Life in the CIA" | Talks at Google

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Hannah Gadsby writing memoir; New York Media considering sale
Hannah Gadsby, creator of the Netflix special Nanette, is writing a book. Ten Steps to Nanette will detail the “funny and sometimes dark events of the Australian comedian’s life leading up to her realization that she had to quit comedy as she knew it.” Ballantine has reportedly bought the US

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Conquering the Left
Are Democratic voters abandoning capitalism for socialism?

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Another Country
The unpredictable politics of an American genre

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: Another Country
The unpredictable politics of an American genre

[The Millions] On Nature Writing in a Filthy World
1. For the burgeoning fields of environmental humanities, it has long since become a commonplace notion that there isn’t really any such thing as “nature” or “wilderness”: both words used to connote real places—pristine and untouched places—but with the increasing knowledge that such a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Science and scientific research
We should teach all students, in every discipline, to think like scientists

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Anyone else
Making it even weaker

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Ibtihaj Muhammad | Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Remembering V.S. Naipaul; Barnes and Noble founder under fire
The tributes to and remembrances of V.S. Naipaul—who died this weekend at the age of eighty-five—continue to pour in: At the New York Times, novelist Aatish Taseer remembers his friend as both cruel and tender; at the New Yorker, George Packer recalls reading Naipaul’s A Bend in the River

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Pathologies of the Republican Party
The modern Republican Party no longer serves any legitimate purpose

[Guardian Books Blog] How Wilkie Collins found sensation in ordinary life
The Moonstone certainly has elements of breathless storytelling, but some of its thrills derive from the precision of its down-to-earth detailsIn 1871, Thomas Hardy approvingly described “the sensation novel” as a “long and intricately inwrought chain of circumstance” that involved

[The Millions] The Rhythm Becomes a Thing of the Spirit: On ‘Religion Around Billie Holiday’ by Tracy Fessenden
Billie Holiday appeared on the cover of the July 1949 issue of Ebony magazine; inside her essay “I’m Cured for Good Now” was a short but heartfelt testament of her recent struggles. She’d pled guilty to drug charges “on the promise of treatment for addiction” and was confined to the

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Hua; Tokarczuk; Ma; Despentes; Cohen; Peck
Out this week: A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua; Flights by Olga Tokarczuk; Severance by Ling Ma; Pretty Things by Virginie Despentes; Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction by Joshua Cohen (which you can read an excerpt of here at The Millions); and Night Soil by Dale




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