Feds Seize Marijuana Bound for St. Martin's Press, Poet Laureate of Limbo, 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:

Fast Company offers several ideas of how Apple should spend its one hundred billion dollars in cash.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg explains how due to Governor Sam Brownback's abolishing the Kansas Arts Commission, she's now the poet laureate both of Kansas and of the state of limbo. (Huffington Post)

The NYPD seized the Occupy Wall Street protest movement's free library (again). (GalleyCat)

In Arizona, where a state law bans public school "classes designed for a particular ethnic group," writers and activists delivered an "underground library" to the city of Tucson. (Los Angeles Times)

Critic Ruth Franklin plumbs the nuances of the recent controversies surrounding performance artist Mike Daisey and author John D’Agata. (New Republic)

Meanwhile, on the staff blog of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Colin Dickey contends John D'Agata, among others, is "pushing the limits of the essay," and we may be witnessing the birth of a new genre.

Sasha Frere-Jones takes a break from writing about music to disagree with Jonathan Franzen's public dismissal of Twitter. (New Yorker)

Yesterday, the Smoking Gun reported federal authorities intercepted eleven pounds of marijuana in transit to St. Martin's Press. Promptly, the hashtag #potlit appeared on Twitter.

In light of the Smoking Gun's news, Melville House offers a slideshow of ten authors who inhaled.

Citing the poets Sylvia Plath and Mark Doty, among others, Lapham's Quarterly considers (ponders; weighs; examines) the thesaurus.