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[The Millions] Congratulations You Failed
Can you pass this test given to black people registering to vote in America in 1964? No? Us either (via Book Riot). The post Congratulations You Failed appeared first on The Millions.

[The Millions] Charlotte Mandell Lives Immersed in Words and Sound: The Millions Interview
Charlotte Mandell lives immersed in words and sound. She translates French to English; she loves music and books; her husband is the poet Robert Kelly; her spiritual practice, Tibetan Buddhism, involves extensive chanting. One of her favorite ways to relax is to feed songbirds, including a

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Somebody other
Nothing to do

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Alice’s Restaurant
A new memoir recounts the making of Chez Panisse.

[The Millions] And the Award Goes to…
“Proulx’s deep reverence for the beauty and complexities of rural America has introduced millions of readers to the wide breadth of American life. Her commitment to crafting compassionate, honest stories has left an indelible mark on literature and created a powerful and enduring

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Remembering Lillian Ross; Alex Neason on the last cover of the “Village Voice”
Lillian Ross, who wrote for the New Yorker for sixty years, died yesterday at 99. The New York Times writes that Ross “preached unobtrusive reporting and practiced what she preached.” At the New Yorker, Rebecca Mead reflects on working with Ross, who was still writing for the magazine when Mead

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The hurricane season scientists expected
You might think that living through a hurricane will change people’s minds about global warming

[Book Forum] MISCELLANEOUS: A Broken Story: Jenny Erpenbeck's Refugee Novel
Overseas, Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel has carried her to fresh levels of acclaim. She’s won not only the Thomas Mann Prize, in her native Germany, but also Italy’s Strega Europeo, something of a Booker for the Continent. Now the book is out in this country, under the title Go, Went, Gone,

[Guardian Books Blog] The Hobbit at 80: much more than a childish prequel to The Lord of the Rings
It was deemed ‘juvenile trash’ when first published and, yes, the dwarves’ songs do irritate some – but ideas laid down in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit shape fantasy to this dayThe Hobbit, that retelling by Mr JRR Tolkien of the adventures of Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End, is celebrating its

[The Millions] [REDACTED]: A Brief Hate Affair
There is a special joy in finding someone who hates a book as much as you do.  But not just any hate, and not just any book.  There are plenty of books you may not like: books that fail to deliver on their explicit premise or implicit promise, books with middles that sag like the floor of a

[Guardian Books Blog] The Ludlow Ladies' Society withdraws from the 2017 Not the Booker prize
The reader-chosen award has always been a turbulent affair, and this year’s storm has seen Ann O’Loughlin leave the competitionAfter a relatively quiet couple of years here on the Not the Booker, our old friend the Lord of Chaos has swooped down to add an extra bit of excitement and drama into

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: For and against a universal basic income
A basic income really could end poverty forever

[The Millions] Karl Ove Knausgaard Shows You What Makes Life Worth Living
“I have tried and I have capitulated. My capitulation is the books I have published,” writes Karl Ove Knausgaard, who has 3,600 pages of capitulation behind him in the My Struggle series alone. That capitulation, he writes in his new work, Autumn, was to his inability to describe in satisfying

[Book Forum] VIDEO: STAR TALKS: Eco-Fiction with Jeff VanderMeer & Lorna Crozier

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Pretend to deliberate
As bad or worse than all the others

[The Millions] Uncanny Valley
“I was performing an experiment. I wanted to see [how] one of the greatest minds in history would be affected by an experience he had never had before: imbibing a suitable dose of clinical LSD in a desert setting of great magnificence, and then adding to that various kinds of entertainment.” An

[The Millions] Just Another Award
“Four years after first announcing the decision to open the prize to Americans, the Booker is virtually indistinguishable from its competitors. It is exactly what many feared it would become: corporate and daft.” Alex Shephard writing for The New Republic about why the Man Booker Prize

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Zadie Smith on being wrong; The renewed relevance of Salman Rushdie’s “Shame”
Zadie Smith says that staying off of social media allows her to reserve the right to be wrong. “I have seen on Twitter, I’ve seen it at a distance, people have a feeling at 9 a.m. quite strongly, and then by 11 have been shouted out of it and can have a completely opposite feeling ...

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Remaking America’s schools
How the culture wars destroyed public education

[The Millions] Bringing Home Baby Reveals Life, Death, and Everything in Between
The first night we brought our baby home from the hospital, my husband and I slept with a light on all night. Sky, our brand new newborn, small and wrinkly, was swaddled in a hospital blanket but constantly wriggling out of it because, no matter how many times we tried, we just couldn’t swaddle

[The Millions] Querying the Card Catalog
Looking up a book title on Google? The search results now include listings at your local library, reports The Digital Reader. See also our own Jacob Lambert’s entreaty, “An Open Letter to the Person Who Wiped Boogers on My Library Book.” The post Querying the Card Catalog appeared

[The Millions] Consider Us Tucked In
“Get yourself cozy, and get ready to go on a fantastic new adventure.” Idris Elba reading bedtime stories for #ProjectLiteracy? Yes please. The post Consider Us Tucked In appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump is trying to blow up the Iran nuclear deal
Iran is adhering to nuclear deal limits, UN says, despite Donald Trump claim

[The Millions] Introducing Our New Interns!
We’re pleased as punch to introduce Millions readers to our new interns, Carolyn Quimby and Ariana Valderrama. Arianna is originally from Chicago but is currently based in Washington, D.C. where she works in communications. In high school she started a book blog, Reading in Color, where she

[The Millions] Writing for the Moment: The Millions Interviews Zoe Whittall
I’ve been trying to think how I’d describe The Best Kind of People. The novel has been compared to Judith Guest’s Ordinary People for the depiction of an affluent family trying to cope with trauma. I’d add in The Ice Storm by Rick Moody for the close critique of WASP culture in

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Jacob Ross reads 'Bed 45' from Protest: Stories of Resistance

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Just want to see
It makes no sense

[Guardian Books Blog] Would you like to interview Philip Pullman?
The Observer New Review offers you the chance to put your questions to the master storytellerNext month sees the publication of Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage, the long-awaited first volume of The Book of Dust, an epic fantasy trilogy intended to stand alongside his bestselling series, His Dark

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Harper Collins to publish Michelle McNamara’s final book; Jann Wenner to sell stake in “Rolling Stone”
Paul Farhi reflects on why crime journalist Kevin Deutsch’s numerous instances of unidentifiable sources and possible fabrications were overlooked until the recent publication of his second book, Pill City. “One possibility is that Deutsch’s questionable sources were merely peripheral to his

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