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December 1, 2011

Swamplandia! Gets Top 10 2

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Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, (who I interviewed last February) is having a very good year. She has a spot on the NYT list of the 10 Best Books of 2011, and last month HBO optioned the novel for what they describe as a “half hour comedy series.”

December 1, 2011

A Year in Reading: Jennifer Egan 1

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I found the novel immediately riveting — to the point that it often eclipsed a family vacation to Ireland last August. I found myself talking about the novel obsessively with my husband, who hadn’t even read it.

December 1, 2011

The Atlantic Remembers Mark Twain 0

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Mark Twain’s birthday was yesterday (176!), and The Atlantic took a moment to remember his gifts to the magazine, a relationship which began in 1869, and got Twain twice as much pay as other Atlantic contributors.

December 1, 2011

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat) 5

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The novel takes us places we don’t want to go, but does so with a humane insistence we find impossible to resist.

December 1, 2011

Medi Marijuana Reduces Fatalities 0

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Okay, let’s just admit that this is an interesting piece of cultural news: a new study has shown that legalizing medical marijuana sales in various states over the last two decades has led to a nearly 10 percent drop in traffic fatalities.

December 1, 2011

A Year in Reading 2011 35

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For an eighth year, we asked some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to look back, reflect, and share. Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2012 a fruitful one.

December 1, 2011

The Millions Top Ten: November 2011 0

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The heavyweights stay on top and two prizewinners debut.

December 1, 2011

The Millions Socializes 0

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Did you hear the great news? The Millions is on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and even Tumblr!

November 30, 2011

‘Tis the season 1

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‘Tis the season for book gifting and sales! Danielle Dutton‘s Dorothy, a publishing project, is offering a special holiday deal on its two seasons of terrific books.

November 30, 2011

Recommended Reading 0

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Elissa Schappell’s quick-witted book criticism now has an online presence with the debut of her Vanity Fair column, Just My Type. First up: a look at new fantasy fiction and a consideration of genre-bending novels, with a winning recommendation of Ann Beattie’s Mrs. Nixon.