Molly Crabapple Arrested, Claude McKay Novel Discovered, 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:

Comic book artist Molly Crabapple was arrested this morning taking part in the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. GalleyCat reports writers have rallied in support, including Neil Gaiman.

In an untouched university archive, a student discovered an unknown 1941 novel manuscript by Claude McKay—a leading author of the Harlem Renaissance. (New York Times)

Kathryn Schulz writes that novelist Michael Chabon may be the "perfect writer for the Obama age." (Vulture)

"Being a major poetry critic in the United States today may seem like a dubious honor, almost akin to being the best American cricketer, or a distinguished expert on polka." The New York Times Magazine profiles poet and critic Stephen Burt.

Book Nympho lists one hundred under-appreciated books.

Meanwhile, Book Riot lists the lesser-known books of famous authors, including Vladimir Nabokov's The Eye.

Studio 360 tells the story of an E. E. Cummings poem that altered the course of a young man's life. (Explore)

For Banned Books Month, Tin House's Rob Spillman discusses William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. (Daily Pen American)

Herman Melville's epic novel Moby-Dick will be read aloud in its entirety and posted online, featuring the voices of Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry, and many others. (Guardian)