Laura Miller on DOJ’s E-Book Pricing Lawsuit, Inside an Amazon Fulfillment Center, 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:

Charles McGrath speaks with author Alice Munro about her retirement. (New York Times)

Melville House weighs in on the Random House and Penguin merger, which will account for 25 percent of all books published in English.

John Brownlee investigates the inner workings of an Amazon fulfillment center, a vast warehouse where it “is so quiet that workers can be fired for even talking to one another.” (Fast Company)

Salon’s Laura Miller unravels the Department of Justice’s e-book pricing lawsuit against Apple and the major publishers.

New Yorker staffer and author David Grann dispenses advice for writers. (GalleyCat)

Poet and critic Stephen Burt responds to a recent Harper’s essay by Mark Edmundson, which Burt describes as an “attack against contemporary American poetry.” (Boston Globe)

Susan Sontag intensely disliked cats; Jonathan Franzen hates Twitter—BuzzFeed wants you to know what else famous author’s hated.

Sylvia Plath’s daughter Frieda Hughes recently discussed her mother’s drawings. (Time)