In Person Archives - The Millions

October 10, 2017

Dispatches from Nicosia: Birds, Cats, and the Cyprus Talks 1


We had been degrading in all sorts of ways, baking in southern heat.

October 9, 2017

Death and the Poet: Inside the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast 0


Abby was murdered in the morning while Andrew was out of the house, a fact established by forensic examination of the couple’s stomach contents. He came home a few hours later, sat down on the sofa in the sitting room and was killed, never knowing his wife’s body was cooling upstairs on the guest room floor.

April 21, 2016

My Pilgrimage to the House of Brontë 3


To live in Haworth during Charlotte Brontë’s time would have made anyone from the 21st century chronically nauseated.

December 30, 2015

That Was Us: An Expat’s Search for Home 4


To be an expat is to always feel slightly on the fringe of things. It is to perpetually be a little lost, to live with the nagging feeling that your life is happening elsewhere. It is to no longer really belong anywhere; to lose the ability to say, with total assuredness, This is my home.

November 27, 2015

Thirty Minutes at a Used-Book Sale 6


Black Friday? You haven’t lived it until you’ve spent 30 minutes at an $8-a-bag library book sale.

November 4, 2015

Ambrose Akinmusire and Jazz in the Smoldering City: A Dispatch From Kyiv 4


Whatever they may have expected, what the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet got was a night onstage before this cloud of witnesses. An otherwise unimaginable crowd in a country in the grip of a rumored war stopping to listen to a black man from Oakland and his band testify while the city burns away its edges.

July 27, 2015

My Travels with Harper Lee 1


The countdown to midnight exceeded all expectations. News trucks from Birmingham, Mobile, Pensacola, as well as major outlets like CNN, jockeyed for curb space along West Claiborne Street. Reporters flanked the throng of Lee enthusiasts, requesting interviews.

July 2, 2015

The Best Friend There Is: Keeping Time with Brazenhead Books 2


“I’ve accepted the end times,” he says. “Not, like, in a Biblical way. I just did the math.”

June 9, 2015

Meet Me Under the Clock: A New Orleans Story 5


It’s the small traditions — from eating red beans and rice on Monday to meeting under a clock outside a department store — that remind them that some part of this sinking city will endure. Those reminders are sacred, even if they seem trivial to the rest of the world.

May 6, 2015

Cuba on the Cusp in ‘Havana Motor Club’ 2


Cubans are getting ready to navigate a treacherous crossroads — the place where communism and capitalism intersect and collide.