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“I don’t want to overwork this comparison or to suggest that I’m pitting books against TV. (If I’m pitting books against anything, it’s the internet.) Books and television are fundamentally different." themillions.com/2020/01/return…
Poet Ross Gay examines the different ways playfulness and imagination steer his work and remind him of the joy in writing. themillions.com/2021/08/ross-g…
“Not all writing is cursed, but surely all of it is haunted. Literature is a catacomb of past readers, past writers, past books. Traces of those who are responsible for creation linger among the words on a page." themillions.com/2021/08/whos-t…
“Maybe there's something to thinking about submitting as a kind of matchmaking for my creative work rather than as a test of its fundamental worth.” themillions.com/2021/08/agentl…
“Everything which could happen has already happened before, at some point. That's what the bromide about this not being who we are gets wrong — this is, at least partially, who we've always been, albeit not in this exact or particular way." themillions.com/2021/01/letter…
"If you're a compulsive book buyer, in other words, and there's nothing worth looking at except a ropey-looking paperback of Madame Bovary, you might end up realizing that it's completely unacceptable that you’ve never read it." themillions.com/2011/10/bad-bo…
Molly Templeton dissects what elements makes up an ideal comfort read, noting that it's hardly the books with feel-good endings that we return to the most. themillions.com/2021/08/seekin…
“We are the ones who have imagined our characters into existence, and their plights as well. Shouldn't we be able to do better by them? I've wondered this as I try to write stories that don’t end with a character dying or giving up hope or giving up art." themillions.com/2018/09/when-t…
“If today's crop of books, movies and TV shows set in the near future are an accurate barometer, it looks like we're in for some filthy weather." themillions.com/2014/10/the-ti…
“Yes, adulthood is tiring, children will suck you dry, and it’s easy to stay inside. But I remember now: though I packed The Grapes of Wrath on that long-ago, six-week drive, I read almost none of it. And I didn't miss it at all.” themillions.com/2017/01/a-walk…
“There is no real finale, since the world continues long after we’re gone. Dixon’s storytelling was like a house that’s larger on the inside than on the outside.” themillions.com/2021/08/poroch…
“Joyfulness is so precious when it occurs that it’s worthy of study in a way that I probably haven’t felt interested in or capable of doing before now.” Diane Williams discusses How High?—That High with Mike Harvey themillions.com/2021/08/the-ve…
"These poems celebrate the present moment, and the ways we seek—and find, again and again—the extraordinary in our ordinary lives." Maggie Smith discusses her new poetry collection, Goldenrod, with Marie Myung-Ok Lee. themillions.com/2021/08/seeing…
Looking for the writers to watch this Fall? Don’t miss these books from Nawaaz Ahmed, Xavier Navarro Aquino, Natasha Brown, and more. themillions.com/2021/08/writer…
“I wasn't eager to write the five-paragraph essay I knew the book needed. I had written enough from the student's perspective that I knew her. Her final class essay had to represent a maturity of her voice.” themillions.com/2019/09/how-to…
“Those of us who translate from the dead languages do have an extra responsibility to reanimate lost civilizations.” Aaron Poochigian discusses his translation of Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil with Seth Katz. themillions.com/2021/04/formal…
"You’d think, given my reservations about the fictional dream, that I'd find comfort in these metafictions. That I'd feel closer to these works for being acknowledged by them. But I don't." themillions.com/2013/08/the-ar…
“She’s nine months now, and napping more regularly, so I’m hoping to get childcare sorted and back into a routine soon. It’s so, so hard to write with a baby. I have so much respect and awe for anyone who gets work done in those first six months.” themillions.com/2021/05/goodni…
"Even if everyone stopped reading Frank Stanford, we couldn't stop reading Frank Stanford. We’ve practically co-authored him by now. He's like a song you swear you've never heard but already know how to hum." themillions.com/2019/04/can-a-…
"If you're a compulsive book buyer, in other words, and there's nothing worth looking at except a ropey-looking paperback of Madame Bovary, you might end up realizing that it’s completely unacceptable that you've never read it." themillions.com/2017/03/did-vl…
“Short story writers and novelists taught me everything I know about structure, time, characterization, dialogue, and other craft elements.” @_karentucker_ themillions.com/2021/08/you-li…
"I was away from society, too, pushing my baby around in a stroller through our deserted, November-dark suburb. I'd see another mother pushing a baby on the horizon and we'd skitter away from each other like dead leaves, rather than risk interaction." themillions.com/2020/08/my-fir…
"Many assume that it's practically a duty of the writer's partner to read everything in the writer's oeuvre. Writers feel perhaps a little ashamed, hurt, and unloved if they confess their significant others have not read their books in the first place." themillions.com/2015/02/honey-…
"When I re-read Patterson's essay, I thought, My father hasn't even read my book. I’ve realized that another challenge of readership is that some members of your audience aren’t paying attention.” themillions.com/2011/01/writin…
You can see how exceedingly rule-bound my reading is. And yet I still haven't described it to you, haven't even come close to a polite, conversational answer to the question, "What do you like to read?" It is a deeply uncomfortable subject for me. themillions.com/2017/08/dont-r…
“I don’t think we can understand the world, at least on a conceptual level, without language.” @megogieblyn discusses her new book, God, Human, Animal, Machine (@doubledaybooks), with @nickripatrazone. themillions.com/2021/08/throug…
"Understood as a genius, interpreted as a rationalist, treated as an enigma, and appearing as a mystic, Wittgenstein was ultimately a poet." @WithEdSimon considers the books of logician Ludwig Wittgenstein. | @The_Millions pwne.ws/3APiDws
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Learned yesterday that #breadloaf2021 is underway. So here's an old article on a #breadloaf Conference experience. .@The_Millions themillions.com/2011/08/my-bre…
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The entire first chapter is only seven sentences, and can easily be arranged as a stanza read for its prosody just as easily as a logician can analyze it for rigor... @WithEdSimon's brilliant interpretation of Wittgenstein's Tractatus @The_Millions #poetry themillions.com/2021/08/the-wo…
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Seeing the World More Clearly: The Millions Interviews Maggie Smith | @The_Millions pwne.ws/3mgTxmc
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"I don’t think I ever 'decided' to be a poet...If you write poems, you’re a poet; whether you try to make some sort of career from writing is a different thing entirely." says Maggie Smith via @The_Millions. Read more: ow.ly/pXrA50FUhE4
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"Parenthood means nothing is simple anymore — sleeping, preparing to leave the house, finding time to work. For every adorable interaction with your child, there’s an infuriating one.” themillions.com/2019/02/family…
"Perhaps submitting is also about yielding to the truth that my work isn't for everybody, just as my style of clothing (I'm newly obsessed with vests.) or taste in music ('90s country forever!) is off-putting to some." themillions.com/2021/08/agentl…
"If the book is confusing, that’s partially the point. It’s not an argument, it’s a meditation, a book of poetry that exists to do away with philosophy.” themillions.com/2021/08/the-wo…
"There’s something about the way poets’ brains are wired aesthetically, they pick good art.” themillions.com/2021/04/poetry…
"We're so obsessed with something seen just beyond the field of vision that vibrates at a frequency that human ears can't quite detect that we're perhaps liable to wonder if there is something to ghostly existence." themillions.com/2021/08/whos-t…
"We are the ones who have imagined our characters into existence, and their plights as well. Shouldn't we be able to do better by them? I've wondered this as I try to write stories that don’t end with a character dying or giving up hope or giving up art." themillions.com/2018/09/when-t…
"All writing is occult, because it’s the creation of something from ether, and magic is simply a way of acknowledging that—a linguistic practice, an attitude, a critical method more than a body of spells.” themillions.com/2021/08/whos-t…
"When I re-read Patterson's essay, I thought, My father hasn't even read my book. I’ve realized that another challenge of readership is that some members of your audience aren’t paying attention." themillions.com/2011/01/writin…
"Everything which could happen has already happened before, at some point. That's what the bromide about this not being who we are gets wrong — this is, at least partially, who we've always been, albeit not in this exact or particular way." themillions.com/2021/01/letter…
"The short book can also be a container for the self without the self-aggrandizement of a full memoir. Rivka Galchen's Little Labors and Gregor Hens's Nicotine both fit here." themillions.com/2017/07/brevit…
"If today's crop of books, movies and TV shows set in the near future are an accurate barometer, it looks like we're in for some filthy weather." themillions.com/2014/10/the-ti…
"Parenthood means nothing is simple anymore — sleeping, preparing to leave the house, finding time to work. For every adorable interaction with your child, there's an infuriating one.” themillions.com/2019/02/family…
Mona Awad shares the writing process behind her latest novel, All's Well, and her desired conditions for diving into storytelling. themillions.com/2021/08/mona-a…
Min Jin Lee looks back on the literature she grew up and how these books allowed her to see her own path towards becoming a writer. themillions.com/2021/04/min-ji…
"There is no real finale, since the world continues long after we’re gone. Dixon’s storytelling was like a house that’s larger on the inside than on the outside.” themillions.com/2021/08/poroch…
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi discusses her newest novel, Savage Tongues, and how its evocative descriptions of landscapes shaped her characters' existences. themillions.com/2021/08/azaree…
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