Dominatrixes Respond to Fifty Shades of Grey, Catcher in the Rye by Richard Prince, 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:

In response to Katie Roiphe’s Newsweek story on the popularity of the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey in relation to women's submissive fantasies, Salon asks professional dominatrixes about the phenomenon: "What about men?"

Radical appropriation artist Richard Prince’s latest work is the Catcher in the Rye. "Prince is openly pirating what is arguably the most valuable literary property in American literature, practically begging the estate of Salinger to sue him." (Harriet)

In this personal essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Seth Greenland describes what he encounters when he undertakes the task of sorting through his dead father's library.

First-time author Jamie Quatro examines how yoga's half-moon pose relates to the split consciousness of a typical writer. (Ploughshares)

In light of a six-year-old girl arrested and handcuffed after allegedly throwing a tantrum at her Milledgeville, Georgia, elementary school—novelist Thomas Beller considers how best to teach his kids to respond to authority: "I feel I am trying to find the middle ground between imparting the lesson that you do not punch a cop, and that you should not cower before them, either." (Babble)

Novelist Adam Wilson writes a letter to Mad Men's Don Draper. (Paris Review Daily)

The Wall Street Journal looks at the life, career, and book-filled home of publishing-industry veteran Jane Friedman, co-founder of Open Road Media.

The New York Daily News highlights a confounding piece of short fiction New York City school children are required to parse.