Robert Hass on Police Beatings, Roberto Bolaño's Zombie Movie, 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:

Former United States Poet Laureate Robert Hass writes of his experience (alongside his wife, the poet Brenda Hillman) confronting police at Occupy protests on Berkeley's campus: "A colleague had written to say that the campus police had moved in to take down the Occupy tents and that students had been 'beaten viciously.' I didn’t believe it. In broad daylight? And without provocation?" (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Shelf Awareness features an Occupy window display at McNally Jackson Books in New York City.

Harking back to the publishing days of Charles Dickens, novelist Mark Z. Danielewski plans to release a serial novel in twenty-seven volumes. The book is titled The Familiar, and the author intends to publish one volume every three months, beginning in 2014. (New York Times)

Granta magazine has animated an imaginary zombie movie mentioned in Roberto Bolaño's story, “The Colonel’s Son.” (GalleyCat)

CBS reports that Kaplan, the test-prep company owned by the Washington Post, folded its short-lived trade publishing division without notifying its authors.

The Atlantic has collected the harshest rejection letters sent to authors before they became household names. One irritated editor went so far as to compose a poem to Gertrude Stein: "Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one."

HTML Giant examined the ubiquitous "I" in poetry, and asks, "Is it memoir?"

If you missed The Colbert Report last week, author Susan Orlean made an appearance to discuss her new book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend‎. (Boston Globe)