Reviews Archives - The Millions

September 20, 2017

Karl Ove Knausgaard Shows You What Makes Life Worth Living 0

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Knausgaard doesn’t write here to understand, but to associate—to get close to truths larger than himself.

September 18, 2017

Closer to Truth: On Nicole Krauss’s ‘Forest Dark’ 0

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Forest Dark is perhaps not particularly believable, but it is elegant and shimmering, a slant of light shining long enough to make us wonder.

September 15, 2017

Making Myths in the Space Between the Lines 1

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What we see is a living hell. What we see is the world we live in.

September 14, 2017

Publishing a Novel, as Explained to Aliens 7

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Much of Under the Cover is written in a curiously anthropological tone, as if Childress were explaining how to eat a bowl of cereal to a race of aliens who had never seen a spoon.

September 14, 2017

Blackness in Bedlam: On Toni Morrison’s ‘The Origin of Others’ 0

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It can be incapacitating, seeing your suffering in the mirror.

September 13, 2017

Rare Consolation: Reading A Memoir of Addiction 0

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Rausing thoughtfully, painstakingly, works a deep groove into the stubborn surface of certain bedeviling questions: “How do you write about addiction?” “Who can help the addict?”

September 12, 2017

Buzzing Bits of Memory: On Omar Robert Hamilton’s ‘The City Always Wins’ 0

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Hamilton has channeled the effusive energy of the revolution to create a narrative of stunning fragments. But the fragments hardly coalesce to constitute a novel.

September 7, 2017

A Girl with an Expiration Date: On Heather Harpham’s ‘Happiness’ 0

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When you’re living through watch-it-through-your-fingers reality what makes for good escapism? I’d like to make the case for a memoir about life with a mortally ill child. And let me add: I am a new mother.

September 5, 2017

Literature’s Inherited Trauma: On Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ 2

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By invoking Morrison and Faulkner, Ward excavates not only the suffering of her characters, but also the long tradition of fiction about slavery, fiction that grapples with racial injustice that extends into the present.

September 1, 2017

We Are Not Alone: ‘Close Encounters’ Turns 40 0

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A new biography reveals how J. Allen Hynek’s life and legend exemplify a lost era. UFO sightings still make the news, but Hynek was something different: a public intellectual who told us to watch the skies.