Justice Probe Into E-Book Pricing, Charles Simic on Youth and Aging, 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:

The Department of Justice has confirmed it's looking into possible collusion between Apple and several publishers over e-book pricing. (Wall Street Journal)

Poet Charles Simic reflects on his youth in war-ravaged Europe, growing old in America, and the sensibilities of his forebears: "Lucky for them, they are all long dead, so they can’t read some opinion piece or hear a congressman or a senator today clamor for the very same police state measures they barely escaped from." (New York Review of Books)

Shelf Awareness rounds up a few independent bookstore counter offers to Amazon's recent price-check discount.

If you're considering creating an app for your book or magazine, which can be a prohibitively expensive proposition, GalleyCat advises on how to budget.

Slate's editors list their favorite books of 2011, including Joan Didion's Blue Nights.

Meanwhile, Lev Grossman lists the books he's most excited about for 2012. (Time)

In light of two poets withdrawing their names in protest over a hedge fund's sponsorship of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Guardian questions their response considering the long history of literary patronage.

In the style of a 1939 Partisan Review interview, Full Stop speaks with novelist and writing instructor Marilynne Robinson about criticism, politics, and the "situation in American writing."