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January 6, 2009

Most Anticipated: 2009 May Be a Great Year for Books 12


The publishing industry (and every other industry) may be going down the tubes, but readers won’t be wanting for good new books this year, I suspect. Readers will get their hands on new Pynchon, Atwood, Lethem, and Zadie Smith – those names alone would make for a banner year, but there’s much more. Below you’ll […]

January 5, 2009

A Year in Reading: New Yorker Fiction 2008 12


Looking back through old posts at The Millions, one of my favorites is my post going through every New Yorker story in 2005. It was a somewhat grueling post to compile, but in the spirit of recent New Year’s resolutions, also very rewarding. I spend a lot of time each year reading the New Yorker […]

January 2, 2009

Millions Meta-Data 2008 1


Before we get too far into 2009, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2008. This year, I’ll divide the most popular posts on The Millions into two categories, and we’ll start with the “evergreens,” posts that went up before 2008 but continued to interest readers over the […]

December 3, 2008

Making a Novel 5


In the novel writing workshop I taught this fall, I asked my students to write down as many novel devices they could think of, starting with the basics (plot, character, and so on), and continuing into more shadowy, magical territories. I participated as well, and after a few minutes I found myself writing down some […]

November 26, 2008

The Notables: 2008 0


This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year is out. At 100 titles, the list is more of a catalog of the noteworthy than a distinction. Sticking with the fiction exclusively, it appears that we touched upon a few of these books as well: Beautiful Children by Charles Bock (Garth’s review, Beautiful Children […]

November 6, 2008

Amazon Names its Favorites for 2008 0


Best of lists for 2008 are already starting to pop up. Amazon recently posted its Top 100 of 2008. The surprise at the top of the list is The Northern Clemency, the Booker shortlisted novel by Philip Hensher. The year’s fiction phenomenon The Story of Edgar Sawtelle was fifth, and Millions favorites Neverland and 2666 […]

October 13, 2008

Football Books: A Best Sports Writing Addendum 5


We have in the past noted the paucity of books about football among sports writing’s most cherished tomes (though there have been a few). Even in the list of “The Best Sports Journalism Ever” that I posted recently, there was only a single football piece represented (the Plimpton), and it is only obliquely about football. […]

October 12, 2008

The Best Sports Journalism Ever (According to Bill Simmons) 13


I’m still fairly new to reading ESPN’s Bill Simmons (and despite his relentless Boston boosterism, I get a kick out of his columns). One reason is that he has some interests beyond the ballfield, quite rare for folks who make a living in sports punditry, and contained within his columns, you’ll sometimes find gems like […]

August 19, 2008

An Answer to a Frequently Asked Question 1


Lots of people I know seem to be going on vacation in the next few weeks, and not a few of them have asked me to recommend some books to tote along to the beach or woods. It has occurred to me that I get these requests quite often so I thought it might be […]

July 11, 2008

May-December (In July) 3


In 1699, at the age of 32, Jonathan Swift wrote a list of resolutions for himself that he titled “When I come to be old.” The first of these was, “Not to marry a young Woman.” Improbably, reading this Swiftian direction set me compiling a list of movies in which men and women disregard his […]