Articles by Emre Peker

July 3, 2008

A Fresh Page in Politics to Make an Author Weep? 3

Elections in the U.S. never excited me much – partly because I don’t get to vote, but mostly due to the general lethargy of American voters. The brutal and breathtaking Democratic race for the nomination between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and the rise and fall and re-rise of Senator John McCain in the […]

May 29, 2008

Writing the ‘Quintessential’ Book Review: ‘An Irresistible Story’ of Googling 4

Book reviews are not the easiest things to write in the world. No, this is not an “oh, me, book blogging is so hard” piece. Though, judging from the New York Times Magazine‘s cover story of Emily Gould last week, that may be appropriate, too. I digress. The books I read motivate me. If I […]

May 20, 2008

Welcome to the Working Week 2: Emre 0

[Editor’s note: This week we’ve invited Megan Hustad, author of How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work, to dissect our contributors’ first-job follies.] Emre writes: The joyous Sunday nights at college became my biggest tormentors upon joining the ranks of working people in New York. I’d get the blues every Sunday […]

April 8, 2008

Save the Bloggers 3

We all work very hard at The Millions. But writing about books, despite being, uh, serious business, is not necessarily life threatening. Blogging for the 24/7 news cycle is, apparently. Sticking with journalism’s good-old “three is a trend” praxis and using three bloggers who suffered heart attacks, two of them fatal, the New York Times […]

March 21, 2008

Spy Story: A Review of William Boyd’s Restless 2

When I picked up Restless, I expected the usual array of smart, twisted, unfortunate and hilarious characters that traditionally abound in William Boyd novels. I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw instead. Boyd, it seems, opted for a new genre in his last novel. Restless is a mystery that unfolds in a series of […]

March 4, 2008

Fiction is the New Non-Fiction 4

If con artists were smarter, they’d let people forget previous deeds first. Little more than two years after the James Frey debacle, the literature world is once again awash in breaking news stories of fabricated memoirs. The New York Times reported Monday that Misha Defonseca’s Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years is complete bogus. […]

February 29, 2008

Up on the Roof: A Review of Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down 1

Suicide is a funny thing. At least, it is in Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down. Unlike his earlier pop-culture riffs, High Fidelity and About A Boy, Hornby’s glance into the lives of four suicidal characters takes a broader look at life, transcending issues such as relationships and maturity in an attempt to portray a […]

January 20, 2008

Forget the Rules of Writing 4

Aspiring writers might want to consider moving to Japan and focusing on thumbing text messages instead of developing intricate story lines or characters. At least, that is what this front page story from the Sunday New York Times seems to be saying. In 2007, five of the top 10 best-selling novels in Japan were written […]

November 20, 2007

The Millions Interview: Kevin Sites 0

Kevin Sites, author of In the Hot Zone, shed some light to his experiences in an interview with The Millions last week. An edited text of the transcript appears below, please see yesterday’s post for more on In the Hot Zone. The Millions: Did you always have the idea of a book when you embarked […]

November 19, 2007

Going Solo: A Review of In The Hot Zone by Kevin Sites 1

There are about 30 ongoing conflicts in the world. Contrary to conventional wisdom and blissful ignorance, the big wars since World War II have not been limited to Vietnam, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, or the current wars endearingly known as Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – i.e., the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. […]