Wells Tower on the Romney Campaign Trail, Bowery Poetry Club Shuttered, 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:

Apple sold seventeen million iPads in the third quarter of 2012.

Wells Tower, author of the short fiction collection, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, followed Mitt Romney along the presidential campaign trail for five months. (GQ)

The Bowery Poetry Club has shuttered, following a series of vanishing literary landmarks in New York City's East Village. (Wall Street Journal)

"Almost every homicide was the result of a momentary flash of anger, where one or both young men—and it was all young men—pulled a gun instead of throwing a punch." In the wake of recent gun violence, Tin House editor Rob Spillman recounts serving on New York City's Federal Grand Jury for Homicides. (Guernica)

Jonathan Landman, the culture editor at the New York Times, explains what makes a good critic.

Book Riot has launched a Kickstarter campaign to "create, produce, and distribute a book called Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors.

Meanwhile, check out Book Riot's latest series of book-related photos, Book Fetish.

In light of a new edition of A Farewell to Arms containing all of Hemingway's alternate endings, Michael Bourne considers the vagaries of literary ephemera. (Millions)