Remembering Doris Betts, Lena Dunham at Soft Skull, 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:

Sales are booming at Apple. The tech giant sold over thirty-five million iPhones in its fiscal 2012 second quarter and almost twelve million iPads. Its reported second-quarter revenue approached forty billion dollars. (AppNewser)

Meanwhile, Gordon Crovitz, a former publisher of the Wall Street Journal, defended Apple’s Agency Model in a recent article. (MacWord)

Genre publisher Tor/Forge has decided to eliminate DRM from its e-books.

Doris Betts, an award-winning author in the Southern literary tradition, died on Saturday at her home in North Carolina. Betts taught for three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her 1973 story collection, Beasts of the Southern Wild, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She was seventy-nine. (New York Times)

An interview roundup: the Rumpus spoke with Pulphead author John Jeremiah Sullivan; the Millions interviews novelist Lauren Groff; and the Claudius App published an annotated translation of the only known interview with Peruvian poet César Vallejo.

Just when you thought nothing else could be written about the new HBO series Girls, the Los Angeles Times discovered the show's creator Lena Dunham interned for Richard Nash at Soft Skull Press in 2006 (on the show, scenes are filmed at indy publisher Melville House).

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