Haikus in Space, Rare Bukowski Recording, 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:

Flavorwire considers how McSweeney’s evolved from literary upstart to institution.

Pamela Erens reveals that it’s sometimes embarrassing in our modern world to root for Dorothea Brooke, the nineteen-year-old idealist at the center of George Eliot’s Middlemarch. (Paris Review Daily)

The New York Daily News visits Flannery O’Connor’s peacocks.

Over eleven hundred haikus will travel aboard NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in November as it ventures to Mars. (Mashable)

Brain Picker found a rare early recording of poet Charles Bukowski.

Poet Derek Walcott’s new play, O Starry Starry Night, opens this weekend in Trinidad. (Repeating Islands)

There is a hidden (but open) public library in the basement of New York City’s famed City Hall. (New York Times)