Looking for the Literary Establishment, Amazon Buys Robot Company, 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:

In the three days following the recent release of Apple newest iPad, the tech giant sold three million units. (GalleyCat)

Amazon is purchasing Kiva Systems for almost eight hundred million dollars. The company manufactures robots used in warehouses, which are currently employed by Amazon subsidiaries Zappos and Diapers.com. (Shelf Awareness)

Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn, who has edited the Paris Review Daily this last year, which she joined after working for the New Yorker’s Book Bench, will begin a new position next month as a senior editor at Harper’s. (New York Observer)

Novelist Geoff Dyer investigates the nebulous "literary establishment." (Guardian)

Analyzing almost a decade of sales data from Nielsen Bookscan, Craig Garthwaite, a business professor at Northwestern, contends Oprah's Book Club may have caused overall industry sales to drop. (Atlantic)

Flavorwire challenges readers to match the famous writer to examples of their distinctive prose.

On his blog, writer and editor Andrew Hearst details exactly how to create an iPad archive of every issue of a favorite magazine available via Google Books. In this example, he uses Graydon Carter's and Kurt Andersen's influential late-1980s glossy, Spy.

Draft, a new series about the art and craft of writing, explores "the sentence as a miniature narrative." (New York Times)

This past weekend, two gentlemen in Ann Arbor, Michigan, came to fisticuffs over a heated literary discussion, which resulted in a hospital visit, an arrest, and a pair of broken eyeglasses. (Ann Arbor.com)