Articles by Editor

January 31, 2009

Curiosities: The Governor and the Glove 0

Hitchens looks back at the Rushdie fatwa and its legacy of censorship. The Feltron 2008 Annual Report “The Governor and the Glove” – an encounter with Blagojovich Joseph O’Neill remembers Updike (via TEV) Ted Leo performs Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” The Paleolithic era of online news. TNR reviews Outliers: “It is an axiom […]

January 29, 2009

The Millions Quiz: The Glaring Gap 38

So that you may get to know us better, it’s The Millions Quiz, yet another occasionally appearing series. Here, as conceived of by our contributor Emily, we answer questions about our reading habits and interests, the small details of life that like-minded folks may find illuminating, and we ask you to join us by providing […]

January 25, 2009

Curiosities: Cartoon Batting Averages 1

Colson Whitehead says “Wow, Fiction Works!“ The LA Times has a clip from the movie version of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, directed by The Office star John Krasinski. (via) Carolyn writes about the real-life connection between Walker Percy and Bruce Springsteen. The Village Voice shows off the final results of its […]

January 18, 2009

Curiosities: As Compiled by a Hologram 0

So much to hate: The Beast’s 50 Most Loathsome People in America 2008 Bookshelves gone wild: Plant your tree of knowledge next to your literary playground. At the Vroman’s Bookstore blog, Patrick talks about why “books need more time,” and looks at how one book is getting more than the one week it was given. […]

January 13, 2009

Staff Picks: Simenon, Johnson, Suskind, McPhee, Herzog 0

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, these books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many bookselling alums in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. Red Lights by Georges Simenon recommended […]

January 10, 2009

Curiosities: 8x Buffalo 2

Appearing Elsewhere: VQR Young Reviewers Contest winner and Millions contributor Emily drops by the NBCC blog to tell them what she’s been reading. The NY Times fleshes out some of the details of Google’s digitizing agreement with publishers and authors, including getting into some of the numbers involved. We explained the importance of the deal […]

December 27, 2008

Curiosities: The Case of Rudolph 0

Roberto Bolaño’s “Beach,” the story that has been the source of the notion that the late author was a heroin addict (since debunked in a fairly convincing fashion) has been translated into English. “Science Fiction Authors That Lit Geeks Think It’s Cool To Read“ “Top 10 US out of print books of 2008” and the […]

December 13, 2008

Curiosities: Alternative Punctuation 1

Newsweek names “The Most Dangerous Man in Publishing.” Adam Kirsch interviewed about his new bio of Benjamin Disraeli. “Daily Routines: How writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days.” (via Jacket Copy) David Horvitz discovers several pages of his writing in this year’s Dave Eggers-edited Best American Nonrequired Reading. He was not told that […]

December 7, 2008

Curiosities: Listmania 0

W.W. Norton puts together a project similar to our Year in Reading (and with some participants in common): Writers Recommend. Another clever batch of recommendations: Village Voice asks several notables to recommend their favorite “obscure” books. Three Percent reveals its 25-book longlist for the “Best Translated Book of 2008” (Bonus Link: The Prizewinners: International Edition) […]

December 2, 2008

Curiosities: Chinese Democracy 0

Obama brings hope, change to the publishing industry. I hope that I shall never see / A book of Palin’s poetry. The Nation talks with the journalist who helped research 2666. Chuck Klosterman gets in the ring with Axl, Bucket and, uh…hey, man, remind me who else is in this band? How is a Snopes […]