Kera Bolonik on Walt Whitman and Walter White, Raymond Chandler Audio, 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:

Publishers have formally objected to the DOJ’s proposed business restrictions for Apple in the wake of its e-books trial. (Reuters)

Artist Edgard Barbosa has created a graphic using data from thirty million books to track the mention of major cities. (Los Angeles Times)

George Saunders’s widely distributed Syracuse University graduation speech—which appeared in the New York Times last week—will be expanded into a book for Random House. (New York Times)

Kera Bolonik examines the influence of Walt Whitman on the popular television series Breaking Bad. (Poetry Foundation)

Veteran editor Robert Gottlieb provides a publishing insider’s perspective on Boris Kachka’s Hothouse, the story of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. (New Yorker)

Meanwhile, Jason Diamond delivers a guide to why FSG author Jonathan Franzen “pisses you off.” (Flavorwire)

Word & Film lists seven novelists who turned to screenwriting, including William Goldman and Dave Eggers.

And speaking of novelists turned screenwriters, Brain Picker showcases the sole existing audio recording of Raymond Chandler.