When it comes to finding ugliness, unexpected beauty, and weirdness in everyday life, no author does it quite like Mary Miller. Her understated, straightforward prose is a treasure trove of illuminating morsels that strip away pretense and reflect humanity in all its glorious range: unpleasantness, pettiness, aching, love, hope, heartbreak, longing, lust, depression, humor, and confusion abound. At once a novel and a sociological treatise of loneliness and heartbreak, Biloxi, Miller’s latest novel, is a hybrid narrative that’s part novel, part love letter to human darkness, and part ethnographical observation of an old man and his dog. Oh, and it’s all strangely beautiful and engrossing.
In our morning reading: interviews with Mary Miller and Nicholas Mancusi, fiction from Bette Howland, and more.
In our morning reading: a review of Mary Miller’s new novel, an interview with Anna Moschovakis, and more.
In our weekend reading: an interview with Kevin Young, new writing from Mary Miller, a host of year-end lists, and much more. (We’re taking a few days off; posting will resume on December 26th.)
Stakeout by Mary Miller I’m in my boyfriend’s van with its newly tinted windows, parked outside of a lady’s house. His job is to follow the lady wherever she goes and take pictures. Ideally, his job is to photograph this lady climbing a ladder or doing jumping jacks or I don’t know what so her insurance doesn’t have to pay. So far we’ve followed her to Walmart and then to CVS and then through the drive-thru at Raising Cane’s where […]
The stories in Mary Miller’s new collection Always Happy Hour unfold along unpredictable lines, whether she’s writing about the way that questions of class fracture a friendship or chronicling a young woman becoming peripherally involved in a sinister crime. I’ve been an admirer of Miller’s work since reading her first collection, Big World, especially the way that she’s able to take the reader into the minds of characters in unexpectedly, somewhat askew situations. We conversed via email about her new […]
In our weekend reading: interviews with Roxane Gay and Maaza Mengiste, literary road trips, and much more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Jonathan Lee, Sarah Gerard, and Jonathan Lethem; thoughts on the fiction of Mary Miller; and more.