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[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Mathias Énard wins the Prix Goncourt
Mathias Énard, the author, most famously, of Zone, a novel in a single sentence, has won the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award (its seriousness is heavily underlined by its $10 prize money). Steve Silberman discusses his book on autism, Neurotribes, which just became the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A party adrift from reality
How Donald Trump evolved from a joke to an almost serious candidate

[Book Forum] MISCELLANEOUS: Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
Work has become central to our very self-conception—so much so that when presented with the idea of doing less work, many people ask, "But what would I do?" The fact that so many people find it impossible to imagine a meaningful life outside of work demonstrates the extent to which the work ethic

[The Millions] The History behind The Secret History
In 1986, six years before the publication of The Secret History, Donna Tartt was chosen as the student speaker of her graduating class at Bennington College. A typewritten copy of the speech was recently unearthed, in which she looks back upon her education and the college campus that inspired her

[The Millions] Life on Earth
“I’m the one who gets asked, publicly, how I manage to write and teach and have three kids. Do you get those questions, or do people just assume there is a woman doing all of the homemaking so you can go upstairs and write?” Poets Tracy K. Smith and Gregory Pardlo discuss David Bowie vs. Elton

[The Millions] The Master Carpenter
“Better to close your eyes and carry on with your own work, pretending the master carpenter doesn’t exist.” Karl Ove Knausgaard reads Michel Houellebecq’s novel Submission – one of the most anticipated books of 2015. Pair with this Millions essay on Knausgaard’s My Struggle.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Author Margo Jefferson

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The way forward
It's time to reclaim trolling

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: October 2015
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 buying, and we decided it would be fun to use

[The Millions] Scenes from a Marriage
Recommended Reading: Year in Reading alumna Emily Gould revisits Chris Kraus’s “cult feminist classic” I Love Dick, as it appears for the first time in the UK.

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Strangers Drowning by Larissa MacFarquhar
One of the foremost proponents of effective altruism, Singer has long pointed out that we ought to save the life of a far-away child with as much zeal as we would save a child drowning in a nearby pond. His classic "shallow-pond" thought experiment inspires the titular premise of Larissa

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: View of the climate problem
A solar future isn't just likely — it's inevitable

[The Millions] Revisiting the Archive
Recommended Listening: Esquire has a new podcast on classic stories from their archive. The latest installment features Nick Flynn on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Crack-Up, which first appeared in the magazine in 1936.

[Guardian Books Blog] Better not say too much: Eduardo Halfon on literature, paranoia and leaving Guatemala
Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon recalls how he learned to write as if his life depended on it, and how a culture of silence and fear makes life creepily dangerous for writers in his countryBy Eduardo Halfon for The Writing Life Around the World from Electric Literature, part of the Guardian Books

[Guardian Books Blog] Food in books: Goat Curry from William Thackeray's Vanity Fair
Becky Sharp’s first encounter with a chilli in Vanity Fair is a scorching reminder of how badly words can deceive. What would her delicate palate make of Kate Young’s fragrant concoction?By Kate Young for The Little Library Café, part of the Guardian Books Network‘Give Miss Sharp some curry,

[The Millions] A Great Russian Novel for Our Time: On Ludmila Ulitskaya’s ‘The Big Green Tent’
Earlier this fall, David Brooks wrote a New York Times column bemoaning the loss of Russian intellectualism. The idea was a simple one: There once was a Russia of poetry and prose and people who valued principle, and it is no more. What this analysis missed, however, is that Great Russian Culture

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Publishing from all angles; Hulk Hogan v. Gawker
Everyone is enjoying the delicious irony of Amazon’s new show, Good Girls Revolt, being “fundamentally premised on the championing of employees’ rights.” Fear and loathing, meanwhile, greets the judge who recently decided to let Hulk Hogan dig through Gawker’s e-mail, a move that is, in

[Guardian Books Blog] The internet is an ideal home for the essay
As literary culture reels from the web’s dominance, American women are leading a rebirth of Montaigne’s venerable form onlineThe streets of America may be “haunted by the ghosts of bookstores”, with writers hovering “between a decent poverty and an indecent one” as Leon Wieseltier

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Internet is eating your memory
Are cat videos mindless distraction or a radical form of pure entertainment?

[The Millions] Against the Centenary
Every year, we celebrate the centenary of another important work of literature or historical event. In Arcade, Harris Feinsod argues that we should reevaluate our centennial celebrations.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Carl Safina: "Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel" | Talks at Google

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Thriving as an avatar
Not subject to debate

[The Millions] Amazon in Stores
In an interesting turn of events, Amazon has opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Seattle: Amazon Books. Marketing information from the company’s website will help decide how to stock its shelves. Our own Michael Bourne announces that Amazon has purchased the English language.

[The Millions] Larceny Lit
Recommended Reading: Sarah Gerard records her phone calls with inmate Matthew Seger as he tries to find time to write in prison. “I feel like all of these ideas I have will someday, maybe, be of some use. I don’t want to let any of them go.” We interview Matthew Parker, the author of the

[The Millions] Byromania
“As with the Byromania, the Byrophobia was the result of the sheer gravitational weight of a fame that had the power to distort everything around it.” Andrew McConnell Stott writes about Lord Byron’s celebrity in Lapham’s Quarterly.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: America's "postracial" fantasy
The real reason Americans fight about identity politics

[The Millions] Positivity and Graphic Art
Chris (Simpsons Artist) will be publishing a book on positivity. Check out a few scenes from it in The Guardian. He has advice for how to handle everything from depression to hair nits. For more graphic art, we review the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Drawn and Quarterly.

[Guardian Books Blog] It's a fact – children's non-fiction is worth discovering
For some young readers, real-world stuff – science, history, nature and more – is far more appealing than made-up stories. Please share your findsWhenever literacy, the joys of reading, and the need to inspire children with a lifelong love of books are discussed, story and character are

[Guardian Books Blog] Marlon James: ‘Ultimately, I’m a rock kid’
The Man Booker winner’s 6 Music DJ set includes songs by Black Sabbath and Sonic Youth – a far cry from the conventional choices of most literary musosFor a Man Booker winner, listing much-loved music on Sunday lunchtime radio is one of the prize’s perks: you typically undergo a mild grilling

[The Millions] The Language of Dispossession: On Juan Goytisolo’s ‘Count Julian’
There used to be a series in the The Paris Review Daily on what writers see from their windows. I read every single entry available online and was struck by how much they revealed about the meaning of place and home, as well as about the comfort of constancy and familiarity. Every day these writers

[Guardian Books Blog] Poster poems: canals
Scenes of forgotten industry, secret urban networks or picturesque leisure resorts, these quiet waterways suit verse. Get on board with yoursComing, as I do, from a long line of people who worked on and around canals, inland waterways have always held a fascination for me. My interest has been

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Pentagon worries
How enormous US military spending really is

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Inside Republican literature
In the field of Republican lit this week: George H. W. Bush has decided to weigh in on his son’s presidency: Donald Rumsfeld, he felt, according to his new book, “served the president badly. . . . There’s a lack of humility, a lack of seeing what the other guy thinks. He’s more kick ass ...

[The Millions] Lydia Davis Whistles
“I don’t remember what Davis read, except that it whistled through the air perfectly.” At Electric Literature, Freeman’s editor John Freeman writes about the experience of publishing Lydia Davis. We have a few pieces about Davis to pair with it.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: The Penguin Book of the British Short Story – Tessa Hadley

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: You have no idea
Tangled cultural roots

[The Millions] Cartoons, Politics, and Snowden
Guernica sits down with political cartoonist Ted Rall to talk about his new book, Snowden. “I spent a lot of time drawing Snowden for this book, and I really don’t understand his hair. If I ever meet him, I’m going to request to touch his hair.” For more on cartoons, we reviewed The Best

[The Millions] The Book Report: Episode 33: The Best of Not the Best of 2015
Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Janet and Mike talk about books that didn’t quite make their best-of-the-year lists, but which are still worthy of your time. Discussed in this episode: “Hotline Bling” by Drake, Walmart commercials,

[The Millions] Answering Ophelia
Recommended Reading: Almost a century ago, two students at Oxford wrote back to Ophelia: “Ophelia racked with phantasy, / And Sigismunda, sick with rue — / Ladies, why did ye choose to die / When all the world was made for you?” Find out more about the poets Doreen Wallace and Eleanore Geach

[The Millions] Picturing Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was one of the first people to use photography to control meaning. Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American catalogues his many portraits and how they contributed to our perception of Douglass. Our own Edan

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Democrats really are in big trouble
How did the Democrats become favorites of the rich?

[The Millions] On the Short Story
Sara Majka’s debut collection Cities I’ve Never Lived In is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. At Longreads, check out one of her short stories from the collection on working in soup kitchens across the country. Pair with our celebration of Short Story Week for recommendations, reviews, and more.

[NYT] Book Review Podcast: Putin’s Reign
Steven Lee Myers talks about "The New Tsar," Amy Ellis Nutt discusses "Becoming Nicole" and Maria Russo on the season in children's books.

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading with your ears: do audiobooks harm or help literature?
Listening to this week’s Forest fables has made me wonder if the oft-maligned rise of spoken word recordings isn’t actually improving our understanding. I’d love to hear your thoughtsListen to stories from Ali Smith, Alan Garner, Alec Finlay and Evie WyldIt was Alan Garner’s audio story, The

[Guardian Books Blog] Stephen Spender prize – a judges’s perspective
Allen Prowle’s translations of Dutch poet Rutger Kopland’s ‘Johnson Brothers Ltd’ was chosen from 299 entries spanning 46 languages to win this year’s Open categoryTranslation is an act of close reading. More than that, it is an art of listening, and in the execution it can also involve

[The Millions] Down, Set, Read
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is the NFL’s unofficial librarian. According to his teammates, Luck is a voracious reader who regularly recommends books in the locker room. The genre is unimportant; Luck reads everything from books on concrete architecture to Love Life by Rob Lowe.

[The Millions] Cold Case Files
The Chilean government has finally admitted that Pablo Neruda may have been assassinated by the Pinochet regime. The admission was followed by a hasty reminder that a panel of experts is currently investigating the matter and that “no conclusion has been reached.” One curious little sidebar:

[The Millions] A Moveable Photo
What do you get if you combine Man Ray with some of the most celebrated artistic figures of 1920’s Paris such as Ernest Hemingway, Lee Miller, and Marcel Duchamp? The answer is: some predictably fantastic portraits. For more on Man Ray, here’s a moving essay on how his Hollywood Album redefined

[The Millions] Congratulations, Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis is the recipient of the 2016 Hadada Award from The Paris Review, a lifetime-achievement award which is presented each year to “a distinguished member of the writing community who has made a strong and unique contribution to literature.” We brought you a bit on Davis just yesterday.

[Salon Books] “He had a vision for rock ‘n’ roll long before the music existed”: Peter Guralnick digs deep into the history of the man who made Elvis Presley
The music writer Peter Guralnick has spent his long and celebrated career warming up for his new book. The author of books about country, blues, soul, and a definitive, two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, he’s now turned to one of the great taproots of American music. “Sam Phillips: The Man

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