Where have I been this whole time? The Millions has been keeping a fantastic book and arts blog since 2003, and I've just this week joined the bandwagon. For those of use new to The Millions, they offer a handy "Notable Articles" section on their home page (scroll down, on the right), which is a fine introduction to what they do, and can keep a person busy for hours.

National Poetry Month may be over, but should you be feeling nostalgic, check out The Millions' National Poetry Month series, which features contemporary poets sharing their insights on all sorts of poetry-related topics. I especially enjoy Kazim Ali's post (former HFR contributor, all around wonderful guy!) - on why we need poetry now. Kazim makes a non-poet want to be a poet. His article is beautiful.