Terror Suspects Inspired by Manuscript, Fate of St. Mark's Bookshop, 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:

Four terror suspects were arrested this week in Georgia for allegedly planning attacks inspired by an online manuscript written by former militiaman Mike Vanderboegh, who refers to his work as an "unpublished novel." (Los Angeles Times)

The saga over the fate of St. Mark's Bookshop in New York City seems finally to be resolved. A rent agreement was brokered between the store's owners and its landlord, Cooper Union, a tuition-free college founded in 1859. (New York Times)

If you're looking for the ideal instrument to write with and deciding between your computer, a tablet, or a steampunk USB typewriter, the Guardian suggests that the best creative writing is achieved with an earlier technology—the pen.

Bob Vila, the home improvement expert and television host, toured the restored Berkshire retreat of America's most celebrated Gilded-Age writer, Edith Wharton. (Writers' Houses)

In book-to-film news, John Carney, best known for his 2006 film, Once, will direct the adaptation of Carolyn Parkhurst’s first novel, Dogs of Babel. The film will star Steve Carell. (Los Angeles Times)

New York Magazine reports that actor Steve Buscemi will direct an adaptation of the William S. Burroughs novel, Queer, starring Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, and Kelly MacDonald.

If you missed yesterday's live chat on ways writers can best cope with distraction and procrastination, hosted by journalist and educator Roy Peter Clark, the transcript is posted in full on Poynter.

Meanwhile, inReads questions why writers should pay attention to tips on writing from writers whose only qualifications are books of tips on writing.