New Salinger Books, Boris Kachka on Pynchon, 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 news that has electrified the publishing world, the new Salinger documentary and accompanying book alleges that the reclusive author instructed his estate to publish five additional books, beginning in 2015. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, book critic Michiko Kakutani referred to Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno as “loosey-goosey.” The book is available September 3 from Simon & Schuster. (Atlantic Wire)

Tom was lanky and unathletic, with protruding teeth that embarrassed him. He stuttered, too, and felt a kinship with Porky Pig.” Boris Kachka looks at the life and work of another camera-shy author—Thomas Pynchon. (Vulture)

Mark Slouka offers tips on navigating conversations with working writers—don't ask about their current manuscript. (New York Times)

Archaeologists are uncovering the famed sixth-century dining hall at the center of Beowulf. (Independent)

William Golding had the help of Charles Monteith; Raymond Carver had Gordon Lish—a new book argues that William Wordsworth owes a similar debt to his sister Dorothy. (Telegraph)

Melissa Donovan explains how reading and composing poetry improves all writing. (Writing Forward)

With students back to school, Flavorwire rounded up fifty great campus novels.