Condé Nast Changes Contracts With Writers, Philip Roth Documentary, 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:

The origins of many films—such as the recent hit Argo—were stories published by Condé Nast magazines. Until recently, film rights stayed with authors, but Condé Nast has altered its contracts. The Authors Guild states, “It doesn’t give authors the option or the alternative to go elsewhere for their movie and television rights, and therefore there’s no competition." (New York Times)

Novelist Philip Roth will be the focus of an upcoming American Masters documentary on PBS. (Deadline)

For Tin House's blog, Maud Newton writes of reading Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and Alexander Chee’s upcoming book, The Queen of the Night.

Andrew Sullivan remembers the late novelist Reynolds Price by linking to an essay by Casey N. Cep, and a 1991 Paris Review interview with the North Carolina author. (Daily Beast)

Author Elissa Schappell weighs in on the success and travails of Lena Dunham, who recently won two Golden Globe awards for her HBO comedy Girls. (Salon)

Meanwhile, a scene in the most recent episode of Girls took place in Brooklyn's Spoonbill & Sugartown bookstore. (Shelf Awareness)

On his blog, Neil Gaiman writes of losing his great friend, who he found by the side of a road in Minnesota—his dog Cabal.

"Fabrication is my livelihood, and so telling something straight, for me, is the mark of failure." Peter Orner discusses the difficulties of writing about life events. (New York Times)