Literary Catchphrases, Digital Books Guide, Hilton Als, Best Books of 2013, and More

James F. Thompson

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:

“Big Brother is watching you.” Flavorwire offers a list of the greatest catchphrases found in literary classics

In the New York Times, Daniel Mendelsohn and Zoë Heller revisit the year in film adaptations of short stories and novels, and discuss what literary value these movies have for viewers.

British and Irish writers dominate the best books of 2013 list compiled by literary critic Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post.

BuzzFeed reveals the top eight most commonly misspelled words of 2013

“I promise nothing was intentionally obscure.” The Rumpus interviews Hilton Als, author and theatre critic for the New Yorker, who addresses the importance of challenging readers, the power of sadness, and how complexity shapes people as they age.

The Millions provides an e-book cheat sheet for bibliophiles who received a Kindle, Nook, or iPad for the holidays.

"For lit lovers, the dark times endured between great books can be a drag." The Huffington Post identifies fifteen books that will lift anyone out of a holiday reading slump.