Reality TV for Authors, Poetic Autobiography, 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 Authors Guild’s lawsuit against Google over scanning millions of library books was dismissed in New York City yesterday by Judge Denny Chin. (Shelf Awareness)

Farhad Manjoo ponders the driving force behind Amazon’s rapid expansion. (Wall Street Journal)

Melville House looks at a new Italian reality television show called Masterpiece that features aspiring authors competing for a book deal.

Considering the work of Brian Russell, Sharon Olds, and others—Kathleen Rooney questions the mistaken assumption of poetic autobiography. (Poetry Foundation)

Fifty years after the deaths of Aldous Huxley and C. S. Lewis, and with a new Chronicles of Narnia adaptation heading to theaters, the Guardian contrasts the two authors' divergent posthumous careers.

Meanwhile, Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way is one hundred years old, and Proust scholar William C. Carter writes that in its second century, Proust’s masterpiece “will continue to live, to inspire and delight future generations.” (Wall Street Journal)

Anthropologist Jamshid Tehrani employed computer software typically used to trace genetic signatures across the globe to reveal the geographic origins of “Little Red Riding Hood.” (NBC News)

BuzzFeed gathered unreliable narrators from twenty-one novels, including Bee Branch from Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette.