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.
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Joyce Maynard discusses her relationship with J. D. Salinger; Natasha Trethewey showcases a poetry project that helps dementia patients; Joshua Ferris explores the iconic male hero; and other news.
Joshua Rothman considers a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Michele Filgate recounts how she accidentally set Stephen King’s Insomnia aflame; Jennie Yabroff parses the distinction between autobiography and memoir; 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.
Bulgarian poet Edvin Sugarev is on a hunger strike in protest of his nation’s government; Lee Siegel considers the fate of humanities programs in America universities; Adjoa Andoh reads Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God; and other news.
Indigo intends to create shops inside forty Apple stores; GalleyCat gathered several free templates that work with Scrivener; Elizabeth Sullivan explores the connections between poetry and therapy; and other news.
Italian scholars believe the oldest Torah scroll in existence has been discovered; Boris Kachka reports from BookExpo America; Kristopher Jansma takes the pulse of independent bookstores; and other news.
For Memorial Day, five ways of sharing books with men and women in armed service; brick-and-mortar bookstores saw a dramatic increase in foot traffic in the first quarter of 2013; Flavorwire rounded up twenty smart books for the beach; and other news.
Pearson has terminated nineteen employees; actor Jeremy Irons revealed his love for T. S. Eliot; the New Yorker surveyed novelists Margaret Atwood, Donald Antrim, Rivka Galchen, and others, asking them to discuss character likeability; and other news.
Bret Easton Ellis answered questions about his disparaging remarks about David Foster Wallace; Bill Morris revisits the life, work, and childhood home of Henry Miller; Michael Saler examines the philosopical origins of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; and other news.