Tilda Swinton on Virginia Woolf, Joe Paterno's Misreading of the Aeneid, 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:

By releasing its Kindle Cloud Reader, Amazon hopes to skirt Apple's restrictive app store policy. (Shelf Awareness)

In light of the recent publication of John Updike's Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism, the Millions takes a close look at the non-fiction of the Rabbit, Run author. Updike published numerous essays despite saying, “writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing on the open sea.”

The actress Tilda Swinton writes of her discovery and fascination with Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, and outlines Woolf’s path in creating her famous novel. (Telegraph)

In this personal essay, Whip Smart author Melissa Febos reveals her interest in the Missed Connections section of Craigslist in the early years of the last decade: "All that time I’d spent scanning those thousands of hopeful cries, I’d been looking for one meant for me, not a tattooed girl with green eyes, but Melissa, who’d acted ungracefully, and wished she could do it over, do it better this time." (Nervous Breakdown)

Guernica interviews South Korean poet Kim Hyesoon on "subverting expectations, her use of grotesque language, and the state of feminism in Korea."

N+1 details embattled former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's misreading of Virgil's Aeneid.

Critic David Hajdu offers life lessons gleaned from great works of literature. On home decorating, he writes, "In choosing accent pieces, opt for bright colors and transcend the dreary blandness of Mary and Tyrone’s summer house in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Shop smart and avoid the look of lifeless rot that made Tyrone feel detached from his surroundings and indifferent to his wife’s morphine addiction." (New Republic)

Did you know Rory Gilmore has a three-book deal with Farrar, Straus and Giroux and "still finds time to update literary tidbits on her personal blog?" Well, only in the imagination of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, who re-cast favorite television characters as literary bloggers.