Mary McCarthy and Edmund Wilson, Djuna Barnes in Brooklyn, 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 New Yorker unravels the history of the early stories of Mary McCarthy, including “The Weeds,” which cast a spotlight on her troubled marriage to critic Edmund Wilson.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced its eventual entry into the tablet market with new devices called Surface. (Los Angeles Times)

On a visit to New York City's Brooklyn Museum's Sackler Center for Feminist Art exhibit on Nightwood author Djuna Barnes, NPR looks at the life and times of this provocative Jazz Age writer.

Considering the fiction of Ingeborg Bachmann, Miranda July, and others, Sonya Chung examines loneliness at the intersection of art and life. (Millions)

Meanwhile, in Berlin, there exists a twenty-four hour stage adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. (Slate)

Alexander Nazaryan shares his thoughts on the would-be writer who recently confessed to shooting himself, perhaps to draw attention to his book. (New York Daily News)

The Boston Review has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of dramatically improving its website.

Flavorwire rounded up twelve dreamy desks.