Atlas Shrugged Expands on iPad, the Toughest Question for an Author, and More


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:

Following this summer's release of enhanced e-book apps for iconic texts The Waste Land and On the Road, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged becomes the latest tome to be amplified on the iPad. (Christian Science Monitor)

Meanwhile, Rand's thousand-plus-page final novel makes Flavorpill's roundup of ten incomprehensible literary classics.

Joe Donnelly, founder of new Los Angeles–centric literary journal Slake, talks about making his lit mag happen on nearly exhausted resources and giving a publication to his city that is "worthy of it." (ZYZZYVA)

For an iconoclast and legendary pugilist, Hemingway's taste in painting may have "tended toward the conventional, the middlebrow and even the prissy." The New York Times parses Papa's artistic affinities.

In advance of Banned Books Week, which begins this Saturday, video readings of censored texts are being uploaded to a special YouTube channel, BBW Virtual Read-Out! Readers are invited to submit their own two-minute readings of favorite banned or challenged books. (via Publishers Weekly)

Gregor Samsa metamorphoses again, this time within the body of a dancer. Royal Ballet performer Edward Watson brings Kafka's protagonist to strange, new life this week at London's Royal Opera House. (Independent)

Novelist Warren Adler examines the toughest question for an author to answer—and one readers invariably ask. (Huffington Post)