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[The Millions] [REDACTED]: A Brief Hate Affair
There is a special joy in finding someone who hates a book as much as you do.  But not just any hate, and not just any book.  There are plenty of books you may not like: books that fail to deliver on their explicit premise or implicit promise, books with middles that sag like the floor of a

[Guardian Books Blog] The Ludlow Ladies' Society withdraws from the 2017 Not the Booker prize
The reader-chosen award has always been a turbulent affair, and this year’s storm has seen Ann O’Loughlin leave the competitionAfter a relatively quiet couple of years here on the Not the Booker, our old friend the Lord of Chaos has swooped down to add an extra bit of excitement and drama into

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: For and against a universal basic income
A basic income really could end poverty forever

[The Millions] Karl Ove Knausgaard Shows You What Makes Life Worth Living
“I have tried and I have capitulated. My capitulation is the books I have published,” writes Karl Ove Knausgaard, who has 3,600 pages of capitulation behind him in the My Struggle series alone. That capitulation, he writes in his new work, Autumn, was to his inability to describe in satisfying

[Book Forum] VIDEO: STAR TALKS: Eco-Fiction with Jeff VanderMeer & Lorna Crozier

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Pretend to deliberate
As bad or worse than all the others

[The Millions] Uncanny Valley
“I was performing an experiment. I wanted to see [how] one of the greatest minds in history would be affected by an experience he had never had before: imbibing a suitable dose of clinical LSD in a desert setting of great magnificence, and then adding to that various kinds of entertainment.” An

[The Millions] Just Another Award
“Four years after first announcing the decision to open the prize to Americans, the Booker is virtually indistinguishable from its competitors. It is exactly what many feared it would become: corporate and daft.” Alex Shephard writing for The New Republic about why the Man Booker Prize

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Zadie Smith on being wrong; The renewed relevance of Salman Rushdie’s “Shame”
Zadie Smith says that staying off of social media allows her to reserve the right to be wrong. “I have seen on Twitter, I’ve seen it at a distance, people have a feeling at 9 a.m. quite strongly, and then by 11 have been shouted out of it and can have a completely opposite feeling ...

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Remaking America’s schools
How the culture wars destroyed public education

[The Millions] Bringing Home Baby Reveals Life, Death, and Everything in Between
The first night we brought our baby home from the hospital, my husband and I slept with a light on all night. Sky, our brand new newborn, small and wrinkly, was swaddled in a hospital blanket but constantly wriggling out of it because, no matter how many times we tried, we just couldn’t swaddle

[The Millions] Querying the Card Catalog
Looking up a book title on Google? The search results now include listings at your local library, reports The Digital Reader. See also our own Jacob Lambert’s entreaty, “An Open Letter to the Person Who Wiped Boogers on My Library Book.” The post Querying the Card Catalog appeared

[The Millions] Consider Us Tucked In
“Get yourself cozy, and get ready to go on a fantastic new adventure.” Idris Elba reading bedtime stories for #ProjectLiteracy? Yes please. The post Consider Us Tucked In appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump is trying to blow up the Iran nuclear deal
Iran is adhering to nuclear deal limits, UN says, despite Donald Trump claim

[The Millions] Introducing Our New Interns!
We’re pleased as punch to introduce Millions readers to our new interns, Carolyn Quimby and Ariana Valderrama. Arianna is originally from Chicago but is currently based in Washington, D.C. where she works in communications. In high school she started a book blog, Reading in Color, where she

[The Millions] Writing for the Moment: The Millions Interviews Zoe Whittall
I’ve been trying to think how I’d describe The Best Kind of People. The novel has been compared to Judith Guest’s Ordinary People for the depiction of an affluent family trying to cope with trauma. I’d add in The Ice Storm by Rick Moody for the close critique of WASP culture in

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Jacob Ross reads 'Bed 45' from Protest: Stories of Resistance

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Just want to see
It makes no sense

[Guardian Books Blog] Would you like to interview Philip Pullman?
The Observer New Review offers you the chance to put your questions to the master storytellerNext month sees the publication of Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage, the long-awaited first volume of The Book of Dust, an epic fantasy trilogy intended to stand alongside his bestselling series, His Dark

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Harper Collins to publish Michelle McNamara’s final book; Jann Wenner to sell stake in “Rolling Stone”
Paul Farhi reflects on why crime journalist Kevin Deutsch’s numerous instances of unidentifiable sources and possible fabrications were overlooked until the recent publication of his second book, Pill City. “One possibility is that Deutsch’s questionable sources were merely peripheral to his

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Democrats can’t agree
What liberals get wrong about identity politics

[Guardian Books Blog] Rushdie's Shame is about 70s Pakistan, but it speaks directly to us, now
The antic fairytale of billionaires and ‘badmashes’ is rooted in the details of a time that might sound remote, but it reads with startling immediacyWe live in unstable times. The truth shifts and eludes us. Reality is under assault. Even fiction is in a state of bewildering flux. In a

[Guardian Books Blog] The F-word: feminism must be reclaimed by today’s teens – they’re our future
With feminism a dirty word for some, the suffragettes’ struggle to secure rights we take for granted is not only inspiring history – it’s a guide for other fightsWhen I was a teenager, I knew little about the suffragettes. I’d heard of Emmeline Pankhurst, and had a vague idea of women in

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Newitz; O’Rourke; Kent; Peery; McDermott
Out this week: Autonomous by Annalee Newitz; Sun in Days by Meghan O’Rourke; The Good People by Hannah Kent; The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery; and The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview. The

[The Millions] High School Reading as an Act of Meaningful Aggression
Towards the end of each year I do one of those anonymous surveys where I ask the students—high-school sophomores and juniors—how much they read, as a percentage, of each book. I’ve been doing this for the last 10 years or so, and the results are remarkably consistent: most students read most,

[Salon Books] Author Tom Perrotta chooses topics that scare him
“As writers, we need to go into territory that confuses us, or scares us, or that we’re conflicted about,” Tom Perrotta, author of the novel “Mrs. Fletcher” told Salon’s Alli Joseph’s on “Salon Talks.” As a seven-time published novelist,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The struggle to accommodate the world’s refugees
The future legal management of mass migration

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Partisanship is an American tradition
The only problem in American politics is the Republican Party

[The Millions] Closer to Truth: On Nicole Krauss’s ‘Forest Dark’
When, “midway upon the journey of our life/[He] found [himself] within a forest dark,” Dante Alighieri went epic, envisioning a descent into hell, a spiritual purgation and eventual transcendence. When the two central characters in Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss’s first novel in seven years

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