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One of the most difficult scenes to write in fiction—and as such, one that gets tackled less and less—is the sex scene. Beth Ann Fennelly, a poet who recently cowrote her first novel with her husband, gets down and dirty to find out why.
Dustin Kurtz reports that the government of Iran may relax its literary censorship; Kenneth Goldsmith considers the connections between Internet culture and poetry; the Emily Dickinson Archive is now integrated and available online; and other news.
Alice Munro will not travel to Sweden to accept the Nobel Prize in Literature; the Telegraph published exclusive excerpts from Donna Tartt’s new novel The Goldfinch; Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild has inspired hikers to take to the Pacific Crest Trail; and other news.
Poet Charles Simic weighs in on the current state of American society; 2paragraphs speaks with Poetry magazine editor Don Share; Randy Susan Meyers examines the usefullness of an outline; and other news.
An exhibition of poet John Ashbery’s possessions is on display in New York City; Eric Pomerance and Laurie Gwen Shapiro visit with impersonators who spend days as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott; Thomas Frank casts a gimlet eye on the rise of the creativity expert; and other news.
Amazon intends to open at least three warehouses in western Poland; Ron Charles has the skinny on last night’s PEN/Faulkner gala; reading Dave Eggers’s new novel The Circle inspired Michele Filgate to give up social media; and other news.
Barnes & Noble’s retail CEO Mitchell Klipper sold five million dollars of his personal stock in the company; a Charles Bukowski archive is now available online; publishing veteran Jenny Bent offers advice on interacting with literary agents; and other news.
Jessica Grose gathered five writing tips from Carl Hiaasen; Jason Diamond considers the strange afterlife of Zelda Fitzgerald; the Faulkner estate lost its lawsuit against the makers of the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris; and other news.
A never-before-seen Joseph Heller story will appear this week in the Strand; Taffy Brodesser-Akner gleans what can be learned about the creative process when writers are forced to produce; Biographile explains why the world needs a definitive biography of Joan Didion; and other news.