William Vollman Targeted by FBI, Goodreads Community Crisis, Selling Used Books, and More

James F. Thompson

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:

Author and National Book Award winner William Vollman describes how the U.S. Government suspected him of being the Unabomber, the anthrax mailer, and a terrorist. (Washington Post)

The Goodreads community faces a crisis of conscience as members threaten and bully aspiring writers. (Salon)

This essay from the Millions reveals how the emotional experience selling one’s collection of used books can affect their soul and own sense of loss.

The tooth fairy, a gas mask bra, and back book covers highlight this interview with poet Anna Journey who discusses her collection, Vulgar Remedies, as part of the Rumpus Poetry Book Club installments.

Books contain the craft of writing between their covers, but these seven creative pieces turn actual books into works of art. (Huffington Post)

Vladimir Nabokov sketched his own rendering of the important events and plot developments in Ulysses, by James Joyce. (Open Culture)

Flavorwire article titled “50 Essential Works of LGBT Fiction” acknowledges that The Great Gay Novel has still not been written.