Novelist Adam Wilson on the Work of Louis C.K., Mary Jo Bang on Mythic Love Poetry, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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 will launch a NOOK Video service this fall, providing content licensed from HBO, Sony, STARZ, Disney, Viacom, and Warner. (Wall Street Journal)

"Let’s be clear on what this means: If our libraries’ digital bookshelves mirrored the New York Times fiction best-seller list, we would be missing half of our collection any given week due to these publishers’ policies." ALA President Maureen Sullivan pens an open letter to America’s publishers. (American Libraries)

Literary Death Match—a famed literary event held at venues far and wide—has launched a Kickstarter to help fund a television pilot based on its upcoming October 9 event in Los Angeles, which will feature Michael C. Hall, Susan Orlean, Moby, Diablo Cody, and Jenny Slate.

"Who in hell ever respected Shelley, Whitman, Poe, O. Henry, Verlaine, Swinburne, Villon, Shakespeare etc when they were alive." To honor F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday yesterday, the Atlantic published a vehement response to a 1920 letter written by a critical reader named Robert D. Clark.

If you missed the Brooklyn Book Festival this past weekend, John Williams at the New York Times has the blow-by-blow; and Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin shares his thoughts after moderating a panel discussing the literature of Southern California with Seth Greenland, Emma Straub, and Karolina Waclawiak.

Meanwhile, at the Los Angeles Review of Books, novelist Adam Wilson examines the life and work of comedian Louis C.K., and what he means to our cultural moment.

Yesterday was National Punctuation Day, and the Atlantic Wire rounded up the favorite punctuation marks of several writers, including the em-dash, and the ellipsis.

"Where white-hot sexuality and white-hot hatred meet." Poet Mary Jo Bang plumbs the mythic love poem. (Slate)



Thanks for the catch, Krisowa. I corrected the link.

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