In Memoriam Archives - The Millions

January 11, 2017

Those Who Left Us: Select Literary Obituaries from 2016 4


This year we lost a Nobel laureate, several Pulitzer Prize winners, many writers with wide readerships, and many more who never achieved the acclaim or the audiences they deserved. 

October 24, 2016

What Is It About Baseball? W.P. Kinsella, José Fernández, and the Dust of the 2016 Season 0


Baseball can do that, I guess.  It can remind you of everything that once mattered to you, everything that matters still.  It can brush the great promise of tomorrow against the agreeable sting of the past, and the sorrows of today.

April 29, 2016

What Jim Harrison Taught Me About Marriage 10


I could be my own woman, with no husband, no lover, no hovering possible partners: just me. I could rent my own house on the creek and become a hermitess of sorts, mend my mostly self-inflicted wounds until they closed, work hard to revise the novel I had drafted during easier days.

April 14, 2016

Anita Brookner, Queen of the Damned 1


Nothing much happens in these books; people go to the shop, they return to their quiet flats, they eat a little, they make tea, they think. Sometimes they visit the hairdresser or a museum. Sometimes someone dies, and there’s a quiet funeral.

February 11, 2016

A Walking Coulda-Been: Remembering Buddy Cianci 2


Jimmy Breslin might have had Buddy Cianci in mind when he said, “Providence is where the best thieves come from.”

January 12, 2016

R.I.P: Select Literary Obituaries from 2015 8


Rest in Peace. Through your words you will all live on.

March 20, 2015

The Color of Loss: On the Passing of Sir Terry Pratchett 0


To classify Pratchett is to deny his genius. Just because a book takes place in another world — one with wizards and witches and trolls and dwarfs — doesn’t mean it can’t also provide insight into our own.

February 16, 2015

My Neighbor, the Poet Laureate 1


When I read over the weekend that Levine had died, at age 87, I thought of that rainy September afternoon in Brooklyn.

January 7, 2015

Those Who Left Us: Select Literary Obituaries from 2014 2


Once again last year we lost great talents from every precinct of the literary world. Here is a selective compendium of the how a few of them lived, when they died, and the books they left behind.

October 13, 2014

Barry Hannah and I 13


My phone rang into this atmosphere of despondency and a voice, friendly and southern, asked for me. Barry introduced himself. “I wanted to call and say you wrote an honest book.”