Maria Bustillos on What to Read Next, SoundCloud Advice, 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:

If you're a writer, and would like to post audio online, GalleyCat has advice on using SoundCloud.

Chen Guangcheng, the blind dissident who dramatically escaped house arrest in China, and fled to the American Embassy in Beijing, will publish a memoir with Henry Holt, scheduled for release in 2013. (Los Angeles Times)

The New Yorker has acquired comedy-writer Andy Borowitz’s blog, The Borowitz Report, which will be folded into its online offerings. The magazine also launched Daily Shouts—a more frequent, online version of the long-running Shouts & Murmurs.

Meanwhile, the New Yorker's first Daily Shout is Bob Odenkirk's hilarious vision of a gluten-free future.

And rounding out news from the New Yorker, Maria Bustillos explains how George Orwell, and others, taught her how to choose what to read next.

Jane Friedman, publishing veteran and CEO of Open Road Media, rounds up groundbreaking erotica that made way for the Fifty Shades series, including the books of James Salter, Anne Rice, and Terry Southern. (Huffington Post)

"What you want to do is write a children's book. That's where the money is today, believe me." From Craig Brown's book, One on One, Levi Stahl shares a conversation between Kingsley Amis and Roald Dahl at a party thrown by Tom Stoppard in 1972. (I've Been Reading Lately)

A six-year-old girl parses the great books from studying their covers. On The Great Gatsby, she remarks, "I think it's a book about a haunted theme park and it stars a magical magic guy and he's good and evil and he's trying to get rid of the ghosts. And I think at the end, since it's haunted by a ghost, he tried to make the park go on fire and it did." (Babble)