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September 15, 2017

2017 National Book Award Longlists Unveiled 0

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An eclectic Fiction longlist includes some highly touted titles alongside intriguing favorites.

September 15, 2017

Doing What Is Right: The Millions Interviews Jade Wu 0

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The struggle to play against stereotype continues, but the battle these days is less scarring.

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

Chocolate Tears 0

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“I can tell you that it was his agent who thought it was a bad idea, when the book was first published, to have a black hero.” Roald Dahl‘s widow says that he intended for the eponymous hero of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be “a little black boy.” Pair with our own Jacob Lambert‘s fond recollection […]

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

Pushing the Envelope: The Millions Interviews Alex Gilvarry 0

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“Growing up in Staten Island, I sort of grew up with a chip on my shoulder, with that feeling that I’ve got to prove myself to people—to people from Manhattan, the Upper East Side.  I think I even came into the book business with a chip on my shoulder, like I had to prove myself somehow. It drove me.  But you’ve got to realize it. Otherwise, this kind of thinking can destroy you.”

September 13, 2017

How to Finish a Fairy Tale 0

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“I just didn’t see the textual evidence for it. If Mark Twain wanted to make somebody black, he would make them black. He was not shy about dealing with matters of race.” For The New Yorker, Mythili G. Rao on the complicated backstory to the upcoming publication of The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, a “new” children’s book by Mark […]

September 13, 2017

Booker Prize Offers Up Eclectic 2017 Shortlist 4

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The Booker Prize has whittled down its longlist to an intriguing shortlist, and none of the authors tapped has previously won the Prize.

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.