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:
Barnes & Noble’s recent earnings were restated, revealing the severance package  of its departing CEO. (Shelf Awareness)
Boston Globe recounts the early-career celebrity status of Edna St. Vincent Millay .
“Real reading is reincarnation .” In an essay adapted from his book Why Teach? In Defense of a Real Education, Mark Edmundson describes the ideal student of English. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Meanwhile, Slate warns of the dangers of a “bad ellipsis habit .”
BuzzFeed rounds up ten impressive literary beards .
Alexander Nazaryan details why readers (and journalists) are consumed with the drinking habits of famous authors . (Atlantic Wire)
A documentary is in the works about author Larry McMurtry's auction of three hundred thousand books  from his store holdings. (Fine Books & Collections)