Writer Recounts Visit by Terrorism Task Force, Sherman Alexie Novel Removed From Classroom, 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:

The Department of Justice has outlined proposed business practices for Apple to adapt in the wake of its e-book price-fixing lawsuit. (All Things D)

Writer Michele Catalano’s home was searched by “joint terrorism task force” agents reportedly because of keyword Internet searches for “backpacks” and “pressure cookers.” (GalleyCat)

Bowing to pressure from parents, a New York City public middle school removed Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the classroom. (New York Daily News)

For the Washington Post, Michael Dirda considers The Letters of T. S. Eliot.

Singer Kelly Clarkson purchased Jane Austen’s ring at auction, but is not allowed to take it out of the United Kingdom. (Telegraph)

“The same sort of loony thinking that once invested in perpet­ual motion machines leads the contemporary credulous to believe that financial wizardry can conjure something out of nothing.” Novelist Will Self argues for pessimism, especially in world affairs. (New Statesman)

Meanwhile, Sadie Stein showcases a shuttered Walmart in Texas that has been transformed into the largest one-story public library in the nation. (Paris Review Daily)

Novelist Zadie Smith speaks with the Guardian’s book club podcast.

And on the New Yorker’s fiction podcast, Donald Antrim reads Denis Johnson’s story “Work,” which was first published in 1988.