Dwight Garner on the Role of a Critic, Fareed Zakaria Responds to Charges, 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:

Apple's iPad continues to dominate the tablet market. (Shelf Awareness)

GalleyCat created a flow chart to illustrate Project Guttenberg's top free e-books.

Goodreads, the social network for book lovers that launched in 2007, reached a benchmark of ten million registered users. (Los Angeles Times)

In response to Jacob Silverman's "Against Enthusiasm” essay in Slate earlier this month, Dwight Garner weighs in on the role of a critic in the age of social media. (New York Times)

"I think it is quite untrue that it is standard journalistic practice to name the interviewer when quoting from an interview." Under fire for plagiarizing a paragraph from the New Yorker, Fareed Zakaria argues against the charge of stealing quotes. (Atlantic)

Amanda Marcotte responds to a recent Stephanie Nikolopoulos essay in the Millions, which discussed a gender divide in affection for Jack Kerouac and Jane Austen: "It's because Jane Austen writes clever books that are fun to read and On the Road is babbling nonsense that mainly appeals to men under the illusion that it's somehow daring to be disdainful of women." (Slate)

JPod author Douglas Coupland, a trained sculptor and designer, has been advancing his career as an visual artist, as well as designing his second home. (Phaidon)

Michele Filgate lists twelve books to choose for your end-of-summer reading list, including Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and Karolina Waclawiak's How to Get Into the Twin Palms. (Vulture)