Post-40 Bloomers Archives - The Millions

September 18, 2017

Reading My Mother’s Mind: On Packing Up a Personal Library 0


Books had always been a language my mother and I shared when she was well. And yet—once I was alone in her apartment with a stack of boxes, tasked with this move, and her books were all mine to do with as I liked, I knew one thing right away: I didn’t want them.

September 15, 2017

Doing What Is Right: The Millions Interviews Jade Wu 0


The struggle to play against stereotype continues, but the battle these days is less scarring.

June 22, 2017

I Will Never Tire of Swimming Inside Language: The Millions Interviews Lidia Yuknavitch 0


The desire to tell outweighed the fear of telling. Also Chuck Palahniuk dared me. In a parking lot. True story.

May 10, 2017

Find Your Lane, Stay Ready: The Millions Interviews Cole Lavalais 0


I didn’t feel heard, so I stopped needing to be heard, and thus was able to discover my own voice.

March 24, 2017

A Shirtwaist Story: Why We Are Still Angry 0


Perhaps it is only fitting that the fire should be on our minds, then, as the new administration’s infringements on the rights of immigrants, workers, women, and the poor manifest themselves daily.

February 7, 2017

Form Reveals Poems for the Machines They Are: The Millions Interviews Saara Myrene Raappana 1


I’m for the usefulness that can be found in what’s broken. I’ll stand for that any day.

November 11, 2016

If I Could Talk to Animals: American Bill Broun’s Thoroughly British Novel 0


It doesn’t matter so much where you place your faith, but that you place it at all: in God, in the person standing next to you, or the dog at your feet.

October 19, 2016

The Legacy of Margaret Sanger: On Sabrina Jones’s ‘Our Lady of Birth Control’ 1


When we consider “life-changing” advances we tend to think of things like electricity or automobiles. Birth control never makes the list. But the ability for women to take a pill and choose when or whether to get pregnant is revolutionary.

August 17, 2016

Maker & Marketer: An Interview With Caitlin Hamilton Summie 0


“There is a vibrant, different literary world outside New York — and some incredible work being done — and I think the presumption that the best of literature is in New York or that New York is the center of literary life is in fact damaging.”

July 7, 2016

It’s Complicated: On Amy Gustine’s ‘You Should Pity Us Instead’ 1


Gustine treats her characters — and thus her readers — with dignity and compassion. Our complications, she demonstrates with each story, may drive us and often damage us, but they’re important.