| Give a Gift |

  • Digital Edition

Keith Gessen's Notes from Jail, John Ashbery on Fame, and More

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.29.11

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

The first incarnation of New York City's infamous jail the Tombs was modeled on an Egyptian mausoleum in 1838, and in subsequent years has been described by numerous writers, including Herman Melville, William Burroughs, and Harlan Ellison. Now novelist Keith Gessen details his two days held in detention after he was arrested while taking part in the Occupy Wall Street protest. (New Yorker)

A new literary feud has reached a boiling point. Harvard University history professor Niall Ferguson has demanded an apology and threatened to sue over Pankaj Mishra's review of Ferguson's Civilization in the November 3 issue of the London Review of Books. (New York Times)

Comic-book author Alan Moore speaks with the Guardian about why the Guy Fawkes mask he and David Lloyd created for the 1982 series V for Vendetta is worn at Occupy protests around the world.

Fiction writer Edan Lepucki considers self-publishing and the many reasons it isn't right for her. Number six: "The E-Reading Conundrum; or, I don’t want to be Amazon’s Bitch." (Millions)

Daniel Menaker, former editor-in-chief of Random House, lists his tongue-in-cheek rules for book flap copy. (Barnes and Noble Review)

In this video, poet John Ashbery speaks with Time about "fame, poverty, art criticism and why he hates the sound of his own voice."

In an interview concerning a "crisis in worldwide literary criticism" in Spain’s El País newspaper, essayist Eliot Weinberger claims, "The United States doesn’t have the class of literary supplements that you find in Spain and many other countries. It only has one important periodical literary criticism publication: The New York Review of Books." (Melville House)

In case you missed the recent Neil Gaiman-featured episode of The Simpsons, titled "The Book Job," the full episode is now online, and the Big Think discusses whether the show's writers got it right.

Reader Comments

City Guide

by Jen Michalski

Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.

Upcoming Events
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
October 23, 2014 - 9:00am
Taylor Books Cafe
October 23, 2014 - 5:30pm
Barnes & Noble DePaul Center
October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Poet's House
October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Alpine Branch Library
October 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Conferences & Residencies
West Cork, Ireland
Riga, Latvia
Charlotte, North Carolina
Writing Contests
Provincetown OuterMost Community Radio
University of Evansville
American Library Association
Magazine Articles

by Mira Ptacin

November/December 2014

Despite struggles, libraries are learning to navigate the ever-changing, and often cost-prohibitive, landscape of digital lending.


by Staff

Politics & Prose replaces Barnes & Noble as official National Book Festival bookseller; new Berryman volume and reissues released; Carlos Lozada named nonfiction book critic at the Washington Post; and other news.

Directory of Writers

Subscribe to P&W Magazine | Donate Now | Advertise | Sign up for E-Newsletter | Help | About Us | Contact Us | View Mobile Site

© Copyright Poets & Writers 2014. All Rights Reserved