The Millions is excited to be a founding member of a new ad venture called The Staff Recommends, John Warner and Andrew Womack, both of whom are associated with The Morning News and its wonderful Tournament of Books are behind the effort. The Staff Recommends is unique in that it only features books that "pass muster" with Warner, the venture's editor and ombudsman. The first selection can be seen at the end of our "Recent Articles" section on The Millions front page and also in the sidebar on article pages. Enjoy!
Jonathan Franzen’s Kraus Project should be “a match made in heaven,” writes Jacob Mikanowski, because of how it pairs together “the old hater [Karl Kraus] and the new [Franzen], the Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid of cultural criticism drawn together across the gulf of a century to take on all comers.” Alas, the end result is instead a “strange and rather discordant experience, like receiving a deep tissue massage while being spat on from a great height.” (Bonus: One of the best London Review of Books openers of all time.)
StoryBundle, a new service that lets you pay as much (or as little) as you want for preselected bundles of ebooks, announced on Wednesday that their latest bundle is a collection of writing about video games. Among other things, it includes two books by Jordan Mechner, the man behind Prince of Persia, as well as two issues of Kill Screen.
The 87th annual California Book Awards, which "recognizes the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of literature written in California," announced this year's finalists. The nominees include Rachel Khong's Goodbye, Vitamin, Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Refugees, and Zinzi Clemmons's What We Lose (here's the full list). From our archives: The Millions' interview with Khong.
I Within a forest crowded Of blackbirds, brown bears, red men, white, Waldo is where? II There is no forest Or no pages. There is no book Or no Waldo. III You, I and he climb to a hilltop Watch the sun go light the fringe aflame On a red white scarf. The wax he melts into we roll in hand, make Waldo anew. IV Bearded men in red; Fat women in red; Lionesses in red; Trees in red; Russian spy impostors: Democracy is a choice. V On the top tree branch of the tallest green pine in the deciduous forest A man named Waldo squats naked cawing at the crows. VI Waldo knows. Knows he knows his mother. He knows his pop. Waldo knows he knows his sister With the 18 hour 18 hour 18 hour bra bra bra. VII She led a horse to water But could not make him drink So she led him to Waldo. VIII Twenty miles and Three pages gone From the forest A surly sailor-type hauls a crate onto a ship at a bustling marina Has Waldo tattooed in a heart on the hairy bicep of his right arm. IX The trees are moist. Waldo must be urinating. X You ask where is Waldo? But Waldo is in the tree. I ask who is Waldo? And silence spreads over the forest. XI It was Passover all breakfast. We were eating bread And we were going to stop. Waldo should not have Drank from Elijah’s cup. XII When Waldo awoke I walked the rim of his spectacles. An embarrassing terror he shrieked. His left thumb mangled me. XIII Into the woods I venture to say I ventured one day. For Waldo I searched. I found Waldo perched In a hammock stretched between two maple trees in the lower left corner of the 12th page. With apologies to Wallace Stevens and Colum McCann. Image Credit: Flickr/Si1very.
Mrs. Millions and I will be departing tomorrow for a trip to Greece and Turkey. Of all the many things to be excited about, we are most excited about the food. And in Turkey, we will have a local tour guide in the form of Emre, our longtime Turkish correspondent here at The Millions.We're trying to travel very light, just a backpack each, and that doesn't leave much room for reading material. We allowed ourselves to each select a paperback (and a magazine or two) and presumably we will swap the paperbacks if we finish them before our trip is over. Mrs. Millions is bringing The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, and I have decided to read Maqroll for a second time. I'm also bringing the latest New Yorker, which is, regrettably, the Style Issue.While I'm gone, the rest of the gang at The Millions will be taking over. See you soon!