The influence of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems on Mad Men; the anatomy of a best-seller; Ben-Hur update features larger roles for women characters; and other news.
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The lost art of memorizing poetry; Louise Erdrich on her new novel; American Psycho adaptation to close on Broadway; and other news.
Mira Jacob remembers her first job; Edan Lepucki’s windfall; Charles Simic’s soccer addiction; and other news.
Rutgers appoints poet A. Van Jordan to faculty; BookStats discontinues services; NYPL to potentially restructure its board; and other news.
AAR decries Amazon’s treatment of authors; the British Library unveils a new online collection; Ian McEwan’s archive heads to Austin; and other news.
Salman Rushdie examines Gabriel García Márquez’s magic realism; ZYZZYVA’s one hundredth issue; Charlotte Brontë’s Google doodle; and other news.
Writers at the Atlantic look at writing and marriage; the effects of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s writing on his personal life; the death of Michael Rockefeller; and other news.
Jimmy Carter signs 1,600 books; a road trip to film dead poets; Sherman Alexie book banned in Idaho; and other news.
Helen Tartar, the editorial director of Fordham University Press, has died; coffee for making a deal with the devil; Tammany Hall’s good guys; and other news.
Amazon has created a service called Amazon Source to entice independent booksellers to offer e-books and the Kindle; BuzzFeed has hired the Rumpus co-founder Isaac Fitzgerald as its first books editor; Thessaly La Force reports from the New York Public Library’s annual Library Lions Gala; and other news.