Free Digital Anthology, Seth Godin’s End of Books, 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:

To celebrate its website’s fifth year in existence, is giving away a digital anthology of science fiction and fantasy. (GalleyCat)

On his blog, author and provocateur Seth Godin describes the “end of books.”

Is Hamlet a love story? Joshua Rothman considers the interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet posited by Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster in their new book Stay, Illusion! (New Yorker)

Michele Filgate recounts how she accidentally set Stephen King’s Insomnia aflame. (Paris Review Daily)

Because Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has purchased the Washington Post, Allan Sloan suggests Bezos should reveal his politics. (Fortune)

Meanwhile, the Daily Show’s John Oliver theorizes why Jeff Bezos purchased a major newspaper. (Wrap)

Jennie Yabroff parses the literary distinction between autobiography and memoir. (Biographile)

Today is Sir Walter Scott’s birthday—his personal journal is viewable online at the Morgan Library.