Michelle Dean’s Pop-Culture Feminist Syllabus, Novelist Video Game, 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:

Veteran video-game developer Kent Hudson has created a new game called The Novelist. (GalleyCat)

David L. Ulin considers whether the rise of tablet computers is flattening e-book sales. (Los Angeles Times)

Michelle Dean created a pop-culture feminist syllabus of fifty books, films, music, and artists to consider—including Katha Pollitt’s collection of essays Learning to Drive, and Octavia Butler’s novel Parable of the Sower. (Flavorwire)

Terry Gross recently spoke with memoirist Piper Kerman about Orange is the New Black. (NPR)

Author Megan Abbott looks at Alissa Nutting’s debut novel Tampa, and describes how it relates to noir fiction. (Salon)

For kids going back to school, actor Nick Offerman offers one-sentence descriptions of intended summer reading. (New York Daily News)

Did you know the phrase “bite the dust” originated with the Iliad? The Huffington Post has more common phrases that began as poetry.