T. S. Eliot's Influence on Arcade Fire, Jennifer Egan Story via Twitter, 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:

Occupy Wall Street today filed a federal lawsuit against New York City over the November 15th raid that cleared the encampment at Zuccoti Park, allegedly destroying the Occupy Wall Street Library in the process.

Amazon is taking steps to ban spam and non-exclusive content from its Kindle Store. (paidContent)

This evening, the New Yorker's fiction department (@NYerFiction) will publish a new story by Jennifer Egan via Twitter.

Electric Literature has launched a new free weekly magazine, Recommended Reading, available though ePub, Kindle, email, and Tumblr. (GalleyCat)

The Awl examines how Joan Didion became Joan Didion.

The Guardian considers modernist poet T. S. Eliot's influence on contemporary songwriters, such as Arcade Fire, P. J. Harvey, and Radiohead. (Guardian)

Flavorpill shows off its bookshelf, sharing staff reading picks for May.

The New Republic looks at the life and work of the late United States Poet Laureate Joseph Brodsky, who famously was tried and convicted in Soviet Russia for writing poetry—for being a "parasite."