The Blurbs of Gary Shteyngart, How to Fight Pirates, 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:

This Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle will launch a monthly column dedicated to e-books. (Publishers Weekly)

Salon rounded up its favorite book blurbs from prolific blurber Gary Shteyngart.

App Newser explains how to fight off book pirates.

In light of author Jonah Lehrer's recent scandal, which involved fabricating Bob Dylan quotes, music writer Ann Powers discusses the great songwriter and fabulist. (NPR)

With the Olympics in full motion, Rachel Syme shares her thoughts on women’s gymnastics, self-esteem, and her childhood hero, Mary Lou Retton. (New Yorker)

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Review of Books has a look at New Yorker covers the public was never intended to see.

Maura Kelly details what happened when poetry played a large role in a new romance. (Paris Review Daily)

Two previously unpublished James Schuyler poems have been discovered. (Harriet)

"Searching online for pictures of enlarged lymph nodes has all the furtive desperation of looking at pornography without any of the gratification." For the New Yorker, Alexander Nazaryan examines hypochondria in literature, as well as his own life.

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