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:
Barnes & Noble has created a service for self-published authors —NOOK Press. (GalleyCat)
The New York Daily News has choice words for actor and Yale PhD student James Franco's literary criticism : “Franco doesn’t do much more than summarize the plots of novels with little more critical scrutiny than you’d see in a middle-school book report.”
Jon Tribble visits the life and work of poet Jake Adam York , who died unexpectedly last year at age forty. (Los Angeles Review of Books)
“You create elaborate disaster fantasies that you project onto your life. ” On his blog, author Alexander Chee lists the signs that may indicate you're a fiction writer.
From “countdown clocks” to a “chosen one,” Lit Reactor lists ten storytelling clichés to avoid .
“I despaired. It was time to despair. I was on version thirty-three.” Terese Svoboda details the path to her first novel . (Quivering Pen)
Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee, Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett —for the Los Angeles Times, critic Carolyn Kellogg discusses a seeming trend of books “pairing cultural masters.”
Meanwhile, Robert Pinsky examines the poems and literary friendship of Robert Bridges and Gerard Manley Hopkins .