Gary Shteyngart Versus American Airlines, Banned Books Week, 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:

Banned Books Week begins today, and Huffington Post created an interactive chart featuring the ten most challenged books of 2012.

In light of untested DNA evidence, and with the publication of Errol Morris's A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald—although convicted in 1979 of murdering his family in 1970—Jeffrey MacDonald may receive a new trial. (CNN)

"You, American Airlines, should no longer be flying across the Atlantic." Novelist Gary Shteyngart details a thirty-hour journey from Paris to New York. (New York Times)

Including Charles Kinbote in Nabokov's Pale Fire, and Denis Johnson's F**khead from Jesus' Son, author Antoine Wilson lists his ten favorite literary narrators. (Publishers Weekly)

Speaking with Adam Sternbergh in the New York Times Magazine, filmmaker Rian Johnson reveals that in creating his new movie, Looper, he depended on the work of Haruki Murakami, Shakespeare's Macbeth, and T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets.

Citing a Reuters study on his Portland, Oregon, brand agency's blog, Dave Allen points out the irony that marketing on social media is best for selling more social media. (North)

"Dear Author, I’m writing because I wanted to say thank you." Kim Ukura pens an open letter to an author for Book Riot.

Yesterday, on Twitter, Judy Blume and Patton Oswalt showed off their bibliographical skills. (Jezebel)