Yevgeny Yevtushenko Versus Joseph Brodsky, NaNoWriMo Tips, 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:

Throughout November, GalleyCat will offer writing tips for participants of National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo tip number two is: “Create an outline.”

Amazon revealed it’s using its storehouse of data as a tool to determine what customers want, instead of attempting to direct consumer behavior in a particular direction. (Shelf Awareness)

Zola Books will sell exclusive e-book editions of several titles by Joan Didion, including her famed 1968 book of essays Slouching Towards Bethlehem. (New York Times)

Oleg Kashin looks at the disparate careers of poets Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Joseph Brodsky, and their legacies in Russian society. (Bloomberg)

New Hampshire’s RiverRun Bookstore has opened a new branch in Kittery, Maine. (Portsmouth Patch)

Win Bassett speaks with Amy Woolard, an emerging poet who works as a child welfare attorney in Virginia. (Atlantic)

On the Barnes & Noble blog, Rebecca Jane Stokes lists ten bad behaviors in Donna Tartt’s new novel The Goldfinch, including infidelity, fraud, and “ruining a perfectly good suit.”

In answer to a New York Times article on the demise of college humanities, professor Monica F. Cohen writes in a blog post for the Los Angeles Review of Books: “Literature classes continue to speak, and to speak powerfully, to students of all fields.”