Literary Twitter, Author Selfies, 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:

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that bestselling author Kristina Roberts (whose pen name is Zane) owes $341,000 in unpaid state taxes. (Washington Post)

The Millions rounds up the best literary tweets on Twitter, including missives by Teju Cole and Ayelet Waldman.

Meanwhile, Flavorwire showcases twelve author selfies, featuring the reflected countenances of Emma Straub and George Saunders.

On BrainPickings, Maria Popova looks at how creativity works—through the lens of Arthur Koestler’s Theory of Bisociation.

And on her Tumblr, Jane Friedman offers a Periodic Table of Storytelling.

Dana Stevens and Francine Prose discuss how the classic marriage plot holds up in our modern era. (New York Times)

And on the New Yorker’s fiction podcast T. C. Boyle reads the Donald Barthelme story “Game.”